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Poland Donates 156 Mobile Housing Units for Migrants in Greece

A total of 156 mobile housing units donated by the nation of Poland to be used for accommodating migrants and refugees were delivered to the Avlona Army Base, north of Athens, on Wednesday. The new units were received by Alternate...

Hotel Housing For Refugees in Greece To Be Greatly Reduced in 2020

Sixty of the 93 hotel facilities provided to asylum-seekers will be closed in 2020, according to Greece's Migration and Asylum Policy Minister Notis Mitarakis, who spoke on the issue on Thursday. Official figures have disclosed that 25,503 refugees and asylum-seekers...

Greece Freezes VAT on New Building Permits to Boost Housing Market

In an attempt to boost the Greek real estate market, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Wednesday a three-year suspension of VAT payments on any new building permits as well as those to be made on unsold properties built after...

Pontic Greek Refugee Housing in Athens to be Restored

The historical housing built in the 1930s in Athens to accommodate Greek refugees from Asia Minor are to get new life as they will be restored in a three-year redevelopment project. The "Prosfygika" (προσφυγικά) - as they are called -...

Golden Visa, Airbnb Drive Greeks Out of Housing Market

The real estate market in Greece is booming because of an extraordinary amount of sales to foreigners who want to receive the so-called "Golden Visa", while an increase in the number of people who short-lease their apartments to platforms like Airbnb is driving up rent prices.

Eurostat: Housing Costs Greeks 4 Times More than European Average

Greeks pay dearly to have the nice, big house of their dreams, as 40 percent of them spend close to half of their income to maintain their home, new Eurostat figures show. Specifically, four out of ten Greeks (40.5 percent)...

Airbnb Working with SolidarityNow on Free Refugee Housing Platform in Greece

The hospitality firm Airbnb and SolidarityNow on Thursday announced the launch of a new electronic "open houses" platform that helps people offer shelter to refugees and displaced persons in Greece. Those wishing to share their home or offer lodgings free...

Amnesty International Urges Greek Authorities to Provide Safe Housing to Elliniko’s Refugees

Greek authorities must ensure that refugees and migrants expected to start being evacuated from three Elliniko camps on Tuesday, are provided with safe, adequate, alternative housing, Amnesty International said in a press release on Monday. “Whilst no one will mourn...

FEINTS: Greeks Spend Over 40% of Income on Monthly Housing Costs

The European Federation of National Organizations Working with the Homeless (FEINTS) recently did a survey which revealed that Greeks are spending more of their income than any other EU country on housing costs. The costs taken into consideration are everything...

Housing Units Replace Tents in Moria After Series of Deaths

Just a few hours after authorities discovered a 5th person dead, tents at the northern and western side of the refugee camp in Moria, were taken down and tons of piling garbage was removed to make way for housing...

Housing Sector Dealing with Over 10,000 Older Homes Abandoned Last Year

The latest data from GLP Values chartered surveyors of advisers, expert agents and brokers shows that an estimated 150,000-180,000 existing properties in Greece are being ignored by potential buyers as there is no demand for the older residences. According to sources,...

Eurostat: Greece Housing Market Prices Decline April-June Quarter

On Wednesday Eurostat presented data gathered by the Bank of Greece (BoG) showing that the Greek housing market has experienced a decline in prices for the April-June quarter. According to the data, Greece came in second from the bottom in...

Greek Households Spend More than 41 Percent of Income on Basic Housing Needs

Greek households' living conditions and ability to maintain property to cover basic housing needs are behind other member states of the European Union. Information from the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeleess (FEANTSA) gives an overview of...

Greek Officials Looking to Provide More Migrant Housing

The Greek cabinet for immigration is looking to provide more housing for the 57,000 migrants and refugees currently residing in Greece, an official says according to reports. Until now there are apartments or hotel rooms providing lodging for fewer than...

Athens Mayor Calls on Gov't to Empty Squats Used for Housing Migrants

Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis sent a letter to Citizen Protection and Migration Policy Ministers Nikos Toskas and Yannis Mouzalas asking for the evacuation of squats used for migrant accommodation. In the letter, that was also forwarded to Prime Minister Alexis...