Duration: June 2019 – 30 September 2023

The provision of the services of the project and the continuation of its implementation are subject to funding availability and continuation.

Description: In close collaboration with national authorities and experienced Partners, through the HELIOS project IOM aims at promoting the integration of beneficiaries of international protection and temporary protection into the Greek society, through the following components:

  • Integration Courses: Conduction of Integration Courses within Integration Learning Centres set-up across Greece. Each course cycle lasts for 6 months and consists of modules on Greek language learning, cultural orientation, job readiness and life skills.
  • Accommodation support: Supporting beneficiaries towards independent accommodation in apartments rented on their name, including contributions to rental and move-in costs and networking with apartment owners.
  • Employability support: Provision of individual employability and job readiness support, including job counseling, access to job-related certifications and networking with private employers. In case you are a company that wishes to employ beneficiaries of international protection or temporary protection or you have any queries about their access to the labour market, do not hesitate to contact the HELIOS Employability team at iomathensheliosjobs@iom.int
  • Integration monitoring: Regular assessment of the integration progress of the beneficiaries to ensure that they will be in a position to confidently navigate through Greek public service providers once they will exit from the HELIOS project and start living independently in Greece.
  • Sensitization of the host community: Organization of workshops, activities and events and production of a nationwide media campaign to create exchange occasions between the hosting and the hosted communities, highlighting the value of the integration of migrants into the Greek society.

Objective: The objective of the project is two-fold:

  • to increase the prospects of beneficiaries of international protection and temporary protection towards self-reliance and support them in becoming active members of the Greek society, and;
  • support the Greek authorities in establishing a sustainable integration mechanism for beneficiaries of international protection and temporary protection in Greece, as part of the overall Migration Management System in the country.

Target group: The target group of the HELIOS project consists of beneficiaries of international protection recognized after 01/01/2018 and beneficiaries of temporary protection (based on the published Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/382 of the Council of the European union). 

Partners: Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Danish Refugee Council Greece (DRC Greece), Greek Council for Refugees (GCR), Solidarity Now, INTERSOS, Municipality Development Agency Thessaloniki S.A (MDAT), Metadrasi, PLOIGOS, KEDHL

Areas of implementation: The project is implemented throughout Greece.



For any question please contact us at iom_helios_info@iom.int or at the following WhatsApp and Telegram numbers from 9am-3pm Monday to Friday; you can also reach the numbers at a different time and leave a message:    


+ 30 6909868980                                   English - French - Ukrainian - Greek

+ 30 6906656134                                   Arabic 

+ 30 6906956107                                   Sorani - Kurmanji - Turkish

+ 30 6906656125                                   Farsi - Pashto - Urdu - Hindi - Panjabi


You can also reach us at HELIOS Integration Learning Centers from 9:30am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday:         

  1. Alkminis 36-38, Kato Petralona, Athens
  2. Kolokynthous 23, Metaxourgeio, Athens
  3. Aristotelous 11-15, 10432, Athens 
  4. 3 Cyprus & 25th Martiou 7, Tavros, Athens, 2nd floor
  5. Ptolemaion 29A, Thessaloniki
  6. Nikolaou Germanou 1, Thessaloniki
  7. Olympiados 24, Kardamitsia, Ioannina
  8. Nikolaou Plastira 4, Chania, Crete
  9. Andrea Papandreou 107, Amoudara, Heraklion, Crete
  10. Piskokefalou KEGE (P.O Code: 71202), Sitia, Crete
  11. Sokratous 111, Larissa
  12. Chaironeias 39, Livadeia
  13. Alexandrou Soutsou 2Α, Tripoli 

The project as of January 1st 2022 is funded by the Ministry of Migration and Asylum

The project until December 31st 2021 was funded by Directorate General Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission (DG HOME).

Media library


Resources for Beneficiaries of International Protection in various languages
Resources for Beneficiaries of Temporary Protection in English, Greek, Ukrainian and Russian