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What other forms of social support/welfare should I know about? (Buddy systems, etc.) Who is eligible? How does someone apply?
As a recognised refugee or a beneficiary of subsidiary protection, you have the right by law to receive the necessary social assistance under the same conditions as Greek nationals. For more information regarding which allowances you are eligible for, and support with the application visit your nearest Migrant Integration Centre (KEM). The following benefits are currently available:
The Social Solidarity Income: The Social Solidarity Income (K.E.A.) is a social welfare benefit, paid by the Greek government to people living under extreme poverty. The amount you receive depends on the size of your family and your financial situation and is only available to recognized refugees. To find out more about the eligibility criteria, the application process and the required documents visit this website .
Cash assistance program: All applicants of international protection who are accommodated in formal accommodation structures for asylum seekers recognized by the Greek Authorities are eligible to be provided with cash assistance by the Ministry of Migration and Asylum. Find more information here , here and here .
Migrant Integration Centres offer some of the following activities:
In Migrant Integration Centres you can also find information on adult language courses offered within municipality areas. Find out where the Migrant Integration Centre is closest to you, how you can contact them and what courses and activities they offer, here .
In Athens, using the metro is free for Ukrainians under temporary protection. Transportation to Athens and Thessaloniki is free of charge for 90 days.
From 30.05.2022, with your AMKA and an identification document (passport or service note or temporary protection residence permit) you can go to a metro ticket office and get your personalized card, the athena card.
Are there any social benefits I can claim such as child support?
There are ‘Homework and Creative Activities Centers’ in Athens, Thessaloniki, Ioannina and Kilkis, by SolidarityNow and other NGOs in collaboration with UNICEF, as well as other NGOs that offer language lessons.
Are there any social benefits for pregnant and nursing women?
There are no specific financial benefits provided by the Greek authorities.
However, Médecins du Monde provides special care (by a female gynaecologist) for pregnant women and mothers who have given birth recently. The organisation also provides nursing material for new-borns. Contact the organisation by phone at + 30 210 3213485 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find more information for your life as a pregnant or nursing woman in Greece here .
How can I meet and socialize with other Ukrainians in a similar position?
You can meet and start communicating with Ukrainians in Greece in these Facebook groups:
Are there specific social supports available to me if I am elderly?
There are no special social benefits for elderly refugees from Ukraine. But you can ask the Red Cross for help.
Are there specific social supports available to me if I have a disability?
As an applicant for international protection (asylum), you have the right to receive a disability allowance if:
In order to receive the disability allowance, you should take the following steps.
Step 1: Submit your application.
You can submit your application online here (available only in Greek) or visit a Centre of Disability Accreditation (KE.P.A.) in your area (find the list of offices of KE.P.A. in Greece here ). Find more information and directions regarding your application, here .
With your application, you must also submit:
Step 2: Appointment with the Health Committee
After submitting your application, you will be informed (usually by phone) about your appointment to meet a Health Committee. After one or two months, you will be informed about the final decision and your disability ‘rating’. A rating of 67% is required for persons with disabilities, and 50% for HIV positive persons, in order to qualify for an allowance. If you do not agree with the assessment and rating, you have the right to submit an objection within 10 days of notification. Note that you will need legal advice and support from an NGO in your location to submit an objection.
Step 3: Application to municipal services
Finally, you need submit an application to the municipal services in your location, attaching the following documents:
The amount of the disability benefit varies, depending on the type of disability and it is periodically adjusted and is paid every two months.
You may also contact the National Confederation of Disabled People using these details:
+30 210 9949837 or e-mail: email@example.com.
How can I help others? What volunteering organisations could I join?
If you want to help other Ukrainians, you can offer your services in these group:
A list of all volunteer organizations and programs is available here .