Happening now: Protest for solidarity with migrants in Athens, Greece

Copyright. Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades.

There is currently a protest in order to stand for migrants and locals who are facing struggles with housing papers. It was officially announced by the government that they would cut spending on a housing program for asylum seekers by up to 30%. This creates vulnerability for both migrants and locals, for they will have less safe places to live.

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR and several NGOs and human rights groups have criticized the decision that was made. There is a current protest in Athens by local citizens. The protest started in Monastiraki and continued to Omonia. The protest is peaceful, even though there are police forces everywhere waiting like a time ticking bomb.

The original scheme that helped lives for asylum seekers was the ESTIA, but now the government have announced ESTIA II with a new budget which is €20,852,887 euros. It is 30% less than the original scheme.

The program that was active up until a month ago causes concern for the provision of housing for asylum seekers, as well as the supported services that came with such as legal help, social workers, interpreters and administrative work.

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copyright. Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades

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