Housing

If you are in a European country, as an international protection applicant (asylum), you may ask to be housed at the Reception Centres of that country. These centres are specially selected for the international protection applicants. At the Reception centres free housing, board and necessities are offered for free. Your request will be approved only if there are available positions.

As a recognized refugee you are entitled to housing (renting/buying) in Greece, at your own expense and in line with the regulations and requirements applicable for Greek citizens. Free housing is not offered. 

  1. The governmental body for collecting and processing the asylum applicants’ housing requests forwarded by organizations, is the National Centre for Social Solidarity of the Ministry of Labour, Social Insurance and Social Solidarity (http://www.ekka.org.gr/).
  2. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), along with other partners including Municipalities, provides accommodations and other social services to the registered asylum-seekers with prioritization to the vulnerable in Greece. For further information, please contact UNCHR by email: great@unhcr.org.

 

The residence permit in the specific country is a common requirement which applies to all European countries. However, there are some additional requirements that differ throughout Europe. So, you are advised to contact the relevant services of the country you reside in or you are about to do so.

Regarding Greece, a Tax Registration Number issued by the Tax Agency of your residence is also required.

As free housing provision for recognized refugees differs amongst E.U. countries, you are advised to contact the relevant services of the country where you reside or you are about to do so.

In both cases you have the right to rent a house at your own expense, following the procedures that applyin the country of our residence.

Housing-benefit cases differ amongst countries so, you are advised to contact the relevant services of the country you reside or you are about to do so.

Occasionally, housing benefit programs are implemented in Greece by Municipalities, but these are short-term programs.

The Asylum Service of the country of your residence will provide you with all the essential information. You may as well contact the welfare services and any relevant organizations (legal aid organizations, organizations dealing with free housing issues, organizations for refugees, etc.).