Duration: June 2019 – June 2022

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 currently residing in temporary accommodation schemes 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 by providing contributions to rental and move-in costs and networking with apartment owners.

Employability support: Provision of individual employability and job readiness support, including through 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 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.


The objective of the project is two-fold:

  • Increasing beneficiaries’ prospects towards self-reliance and supporting them in becoming active members of the Greek society, and;
  • Establishing an integration mechanism for beneficiaries of international protection, resulting to a rotation mechanism for the current Greek temporary accommodation system.

Target group: The target group of the HELIOS project consists of beneficiaries of international protection recognized after 01/01/2018.

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-Greek                                                  
+ 30 6906656134                                                Arabic
+ 30 6906956107                                                Sorani-Kurmanji-Turkish
+ 30 6906656125                                                Farsi-Pashto-Urdu-Hindi-Panjabi                                                                                                                                                                                       New telephone number

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. 28th Octovriou 20-22, Omonoia, Athens
  5. 25th Martiou 7, Tavros, Athens
  6. Τsorlini 26, Thessaloniki
  7. Ptolemaion 29A, Thessaloniki
  8. Nikolaou Germanou 1, Thessaloniki
  9. Olympiados 24, Kardamitsia, Ioannina
  10. Ef. Polemiston 103, Chania, Crete
  11. Andrea Papandreou 107, Amoudara, Heraklion, Crete
  12. Piskokefalou KEGE (P.O Code: 71202), Sitia, Crete
  13. Sokratous 111, Larissa
  14. Charilaou Floraki 22, Karditsa
  15. 3rd km Trikala-Kalambaka road, Trikala
  16. Chaironeias 39, Livadia
  17. Moskof 8, Kilkis 
  18. Androutsou 30, Katerini
  19. Alexandrou Soutsou str. and Nafpliou str., Tripoli 

The project as of January 1st 2022 is funded through the co-financed part of the Public Investment Programme of 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).

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