Greece Humanitarian Emergency

A young Syrian family on the border between Greece and Macedonia.
UNFPA/Daniel Kalajdjieski

The humanitarian crisis in Greece stems from the influx of Middle Eastern refugees that reached its peak in 2015. Since the EU-Turkey Agreement in March 2016, this flood has slowed, but thousands remain stranded in the country. Over half of new arrivals are women and children. Many of them are pregnant, have infants or young children or are traveling on their own. The level of security and service provision in the camps falls short of minimum international standards, and the lack of protection and promotion of women's health, safety and rights is a major challenge and a feature of the crisis. In such situations, women are more vulnerable to gender-based violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault and exploitation, and they lack adequate access to sexual and reproductive health care. UNFPA and partners work to provide these health services to the populations in need and support mechanisms to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

Country Population: 11 mil
Level of Crisis:
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Humanitarian needs

Last updated on - 01 January 2017
UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Humanitarian funding

Resources in $

Key results2016

  • Services delivered
    Total people reached with sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence services in humanitarian settings
    Number of mobile clinics
    Number of safe spaces
  • Capacity building
    Youth facilitators and volunteers trained on sexual and reproductive health
    Health personnel trained on Reproductive Health Kits
    Health personnel trained on gender-based violence case management

Emergencies updates and resources

Dashboards available for Greece
  • Results data are reported and updated as they become available.
  • - Targets and UNFPA's populations of concern, including women of reproductive age and pregnant women, are estimated using the MISP calculator.
  • - Funding estimates are based on country planning processes, including inter-agency humanitarian response plans and regional refugee and resilience plans.
  • L1: Humanitarian crises in which the national and international resources available in the affected country are sufficient for the required response.
  • L2: Humanitarian crises requiring significant support from neighbouring countries, regional organizations and possibly humanitarian agency headquarters.
  • L3: Major, sudden-onset humanitarian crises requiring mobilization across the humanitarian system.
  • Crisis levels are determined by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, a forum of UN and non-UN humanitarian partners.