At the end of 2019, Greece hosted over 186,000 refugees and asylum-seekers. This included over 5000 unaccompanied children. Most persons of concern were coming from Afghanistan, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Iran.
UNHCR’s work in Greece focuses on protection needs as well as gradually transitioning the responsibility of large-scale programmes (accommodation, cash-based interventions and programmes for unaccompanied and separated children) to the Greek government. At the end of 2019, Greece was one of UNHCR’s largest operations in Europe.
Updated September 2020.
For information about our work in Greece:
Visit the UNHCR Greece website for more information on our work in the area and the latest local news and stories.
For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.
Are you a refugee or asylum-seeker in Greece? Find information about your rights and available services on our HELP site.