Aimed at eliminating discrimination and empowering vulnerable groups, the City of Athens plans and supports initiatives for the dignified living of refugees and immigrants as well as their inclusion and integration into Greek society.
The integration policy of the municipality is structured around two central pillars: the Migrant Integration Center (KEM) in the field of service provision and the Athens Coordination Center for Migrant & Refugee issues (ACCMR) in the field of liaising with civil society, international organizations and competent government agencies. The Council for the Integration of Immigrants and Refugees (SEMP) is the advisory body of the Municipality of Athens in which the immigrant and refugee communities are represented. At the same time, the Municipality implements and supports European programs through the Athens Development & Destination Management Agency (ADDMA).
In this context, special cooperation is developed with civil society, European bodies and international organizations while there is active participation in national and European networks. In July 2022, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between the Municipality of Athens and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to strengthen their cooperation in the reception and integration of refugees. Special cooperation has been also developed both with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR in the framework of support to ACCMR and the Cities Network for Integration (CNI).
See below relevant programs, services and initiatives of the City of Athens.