Get to know the newcomers, activists and volunteers we met in Athens, Berlin and London, as they share their personal experiences of refuge, welcome and the digital city.
Last week, we had our 100th family stay with us since we opened seven years ago. It might not seem like a big number, but it’s not a small one for an accommodation centre with only 12 rooms.
Estia Prosfygon was established in 2011 to host asylum seekers, particularly single-parent families and mothers with babies, and it became a model for the Ministry as they opened other hostels during the crisis. We treat our residents as people that have a past, present and future, rather than as victims. No matter how vulnerable a family is, we try to see them within a context and create an everyday life for them. They may need a whole month just to sit back and clear their head, especially if they come from camps or temporary detention centres.