In the city of Katerini, in collaboration with Solidarity Now, through the HELIOS program, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) aims at promoting the integration of beneficiaries of international protection that currently reside in Greek society, through the following components:
Conduction of Integration Courses within Integration Learning Centres set-up across Greece. Each course cycle lasts for 6 months and consists of modules on Greek language learning, cultural orientation, job readiness and life skills.
Supporting beneficiaries towards independent accommodation in apartments rented on their name, including contributions to rental and move-in costs and networking with apartment owners.
Provision of individual employability and job readiness support, including job counseling, access to job-related certifications and networking with private employers.
Regular assessment of the integration progress of the beneficiaries to ensure that they will be in a position to confidently navigate through Greek public service providers once they will exit from the HELIOS project and start living independently in Greece.
Sensitization of the host community:
Organization of workshops, activities and events and production of a nationwide media campaign to create exchange occasions between the hosting and the hosted communities, highlighting the value of the integration of migrants into the Greek society.