IOM: Feedback from HELIOS programme beneficiaries
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has shared the findings of surveys conducted monthly among the beneficiaries of HELIOS, its integration programme in Greece.
The HELIOS programme is funded by the European Union's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). Its objectives are to a) increase beneficiaries’ self-reliance and support them in becoming active members of Greek society, and b) establish an integration mechanism for beneficiaries of international protection in Greece, while supporting the decongestion of the Greek reception system through a rotation mechanism.
The survey findings - both qualitative and quantitative - present the responses of individuals involved in the education and accommodation components of the integration programme over the last year.
Findings in education
HELIOS runs integration courses at integration learning centres (ILCs) across Greece. Each course cycle runs for six months and offers support with Greek language learning, cultural orientation, job readiness and life skills.
By July 2021, 245 individuals had completed the survey on the education component of the programme. The majority - 43% - were aged between 25 and 34, and 76% were attending the programme's A1-level Greek language courses.
Key findings include:
- On average, 68% of those regularly attending integration courses said that thanks to the programme they have acquired language skills and a better understanding of Greek society, which both facilitate their interaction with the host community;
- A majority of respondents (74%) agreed or 'somewhat' agreed that they are more confident now with managing communication with locals - for example when shopping, asking for directions or ordering food - by themselves;
- A majority of respondents (73%) agreed or 'somewhat' agreed that it is now easier for them to read text written in Greek, such as signs, labels, bills, websites and social media posts.
Findings in accommodation
HELIOS supports people towards independent accommodation in apartments rented in their own name, including through provision of contributions to rental and move-in costs and networking with apartment owners.
By July 2021, 377 individuals completed the survey on the accommodation component of the programme. The majority (70%) were 25 to 44 years old.
Key findings include:
- Overall, 48% of respondents with a lease in their name said that they feel empowered and better equipped to achieve self-reliance as a result of participation in the programme;
- 41% of respondents said they intend to continue leasing their apartment after project support ends;
- 66% of respondents agreed or 'somewhat' agreed that they are now more confident they can be part of the local community.
The full results of these surveys, including their qualitative results, and a HELIOS programme factsheet are attached below.
Further information on the HELIOS programme can be found online here.