HELIOS Project: Integration through education


In 2019, SolidarityNow partnered with the IOM for the design and implementation of a large-scale integration program for recognised refugees which started in June 2019.

The project offers Greek language classes, housing benefit and support to access the labour market. SolidarityNow was responsible to set up three Integration Learning Centers in Athens, Thessaloniki and Ioannina through which a
six-month “Integration Program” will be provided to refugees that were recognised after January 2017, aiming at supporting with Greek language and life-skills classes for 1,000 beneficiaries.

SolidarityNow is one of the partners in charge of the educational component of Greek language and life skills classes – aiming to give individuals the knowledge and skills required to live in Greece.

The first classes with beneficiaries of HELIOS commenced in December 2019, while in Ioannina and Thessaloniki classes are scheduled to be launched in early 2020. In addition, the organisation has contracted two implementing partners, Perichorisis and OMNES, in Katerini and Kilkis respectively, who will undertake to operate ILCs in the aforementioned regions.

*SolidarityNow is a key implementing partner of the International Organization for Migration, in the framework of the “HELIOS” program, which is funded by the European Commission – Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME).