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Recent social policy developments in Greece

06/09/2017

Two new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social policy Network (ESPN) are now available and provide information on the integration of refugee and migrant children into the Greek educational system and on Greece’s first national minimum income scheme.

  • Since 20,300 of the 62,300 refugees and other migrants currently hosted in Greece are children, there is an urgent need for their gradual integration into society. Ensuring their access to education through the implementation of special educational programmes is a positive development in this respect. Yet, gaps in the provision of education still exist and a comprehensive action plan for education of these children needs to be developed.
  • It is only since February 2017 that Greece has a national minimum income scheme: the “Social Solidarity Income”. The scheme is means-tested and combines income support, access to services and support for labour market (re)integration. Although highly welcome, its coverage is very limited: only households living in extreme poverty are covered due to very strict eligibility criteria. Moreover, the amount of the benefit is not enough to ensure a dignified standard of living.