HELIOS Project: Integration through education


In 2019, SolidarityNow partnered with the International Organization for Migration (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 labor market. SolidarityNow is responsible for the operation of three Integration Learning Centers (ILC) in Athens, Thessaloniki, and Ioannina where a six-month “Integration Program” is provided to refugees that were recognized after January 2017, aiming at supporting with Greek language and soft-skills classes, 1,000 beneficiaries.

SolidarityNow is one of the partners in charge of the educational component of Greek language and soft 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 in Athens, while in Ioannina and Thessaloniki classes began in February and June of 2020, respectively. In addition, the organization has contracted two implementing partners, Perichorisis in Katerini and OMNES in  Kilkis, who have undertaken the operation of the ILCs in their 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).