The purpose of the project is to promote the integration of beneficiaries of international protection and increase beneficiaries’ prospects towards self-reliance, by providing services or activities such as:
- accommodation support,
- integration-related courses (e.g., learning the Greek language, courses in professional skills’ development, etc.).
- professional counseling to enhance job readiness
- raise awareness in host communities and promote social cohesion.
Who can participate in the project:
- beneficiaries of international protection who have been recognized as beneficiaries of international protection after 01/01/2018; and
- who also were officially registered and resided-when they received the decision granting them international protection, in the accommodation facilities of the official reception system (ESTIA program, Filoxenia program, Open Facilities, Reception and Identification Centers, etc.).
The Project HELIOS (Hellenic Integration Support for Beneficiaries of International Protection):
- The project is implemented by the International Organization of Migration (IOM) that receives funding directly from the General Directorate of Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission.
- It is a fully-developed project that addresses all adults who are beneficiaries of international protection as well as their families. It caters to the needs of beneficiaries of international protection who have been recognized as beneficiaries of international protection after 01/01/2018, and who also were officially registered and resided- when they received the decision granting them international protection, in the accommodation facilities of the official reception system (ESTIA program, Filoxenia program, Open Facilities, Reception and Identification Centers, etc.).
The role of the Ministry of Migration and Asylum and more specifically of the Directorate of Social Integration, in the present phase of the project is to:
- monitor the project via unofficial working groups assigned for each activity area and support its successful implementation.
The implementation of the project began in July 1, 2019 and was completed in November 30, 2020. It was extended initially until February 2021 after consultation with the European Commission.
The project is designed to accommodate the population of beneficiaries of international protection in Greece.
It foresees the provision of accommodation support to 5,000 households which corresponds to 11,200 individuals depending on the composition of each household.
Beneficiaries of the project are tentatively all beneficiaries of international protection.
You can receive the following forms of support and services when you participate in the project:
- accommodation support,
- integration-related educational courses (e.g., lessons in Greek language, courses in professional skills’ development, etc.),
- professional counselling sessions to support your job search.
Even if you are not a recipient of accommodation support, if you are a beneficiary of international protection and are registered in the project, you are eligible to:
- benefit on a voluntary basis from the rest of the services offered by the project such as the integration-related courses and the individual sessions of professional counseling.
The individual sessions of professional counseling include:
- Identification of needs and interests of participants.
- Profiling of participants' skills based on the EU Skills Profile Tool.
- Compensation for the monetary costs associated with acquiring various certifications (e.g., Greek language certificate, drivers’ license, English language certificate, ECDL (computers), and others.
- Organization of professional events, such as “career days.”
- Networking with the private sector (employers).
- Guidance for setting professional goals and professional orientation counseling. Information is also provided with regards to the services offered by OAED, the organization for unemployment/employment in Greece.
- Information pertaining to the rights and obligations of employees and employers in Greece.
Further, the project also undertakes activities to help inform and raise awareness in local communities, professional unions, and among employers. Such activities may help ensure the best possible conditions for the successful integration of third-country nationals in local communities.