Contribution to UNHCR Activities in Greece 2016 in the framework of the RMRP for Europe (in response to the Syria Crisis)

Contract partner: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: Europa, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 2.000.000,00Project start: 01.01.2016End: 31.12.2016

Short Description:

Overall goal

The overall aim of the UNCHR Regional Refugee and Migrant Response for Europe is to enable the humanitarian community to contribute to the protection of refugees and

vulnerable migrants, as well as their human rights. It also aims to underscore the collective responsibility of States, institutions and organizations to both provide asylum and protection, as well as to respond to the challenges of large-scale migration in a humane, rights-based and sustainable manner.

Expected results

More specifically, UNHCR aims to reach and support an estimated 100,000 persons of concern in Greece through increasing first-line reception capacity, extending support to local communities who receive refugees and migrants and through providing support in the sectors of shelter, health, water and sanitation and protection of people at risk, with special attention to women and girls victims of sexual and gender-based violence.

Target group / Beneficiaries

UNHCR operates closely with the Greek government, the European Commission and relevant EU Agencies, including Frontex and EASO (European Asylum Support Office), but also with partner such as the Evangelic church of Greece, the Greek Refugee Council, the Hellenic League for Human Rights, the Hellenic Red Cross, the Hellenic Theatre Drama & Education Network and other international and national NGOs and partners.

In terms of geographical location, he majority of refugees and migrants are arriving in Lesvos, but also in Chios, Samos, Leros and Kos. Sites on continental Greece include Trikala, Kavala, Kozani, Eidomeni, Drama, Piraeus in Athens and Konitsa.

With the contribution of EUR 2,000,000 UNHCR could for instance reach some 1,700 migrants and refugees and support them with shelter, non-food items and protection assistance.


These activities could include: site construction /construction of shelters, including water and sanitation facilities for one camp, or rental of chemical toilets, providing household goods to refugees and migrants and cover part of the costs of camp coordination and management for one camp.


In Greece, the continuing increaseing numbers of refugees and migrants have strained the already limited resources of the Greek authorities. The lack of first-line reception capacity has led to thousand of new arrivals sleeping rough on the islands and in Athens. In addition, the closure of the Macedonian border has caused tension and congestion at the border, leading to increased protection risks such as physical and mental harm to people, any type of violence and trafficking. The total UNHCR's financial requirements for its work in support of refugees and migrants in Greece as set out in this Response Plan amount to USD 140,517,227. The requirements for Greece are currently undergoing revision in view of the sharp in crease in needs/arrivals since January 2016.

project number2694-02/2016
source of fundingAKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
modalityContributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
marker Gender: 1, Poverty: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.