A pilot program for refugee integration, named "Curing the Limbo", was presented on Monday by Athens Municipality.
Curing the Limbo is a European pilot project co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and part of the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative (UIA).
The program concerns adult refugees who have been granted asylum in Greece after 2015 and speak Greek, English, Arabic, Farsi or French.
The refugees attend classes to learn Greek, English, computer skills and audiovisual art, and also sit in one-on-one career counseling sessions, and are also briefed on how to seek and rent affordable homes.
In an Athens Municipality statement, it is stressed that "via this program, refugees become part of the city," and also participate in sports and educational, recreational, environmental and artistic activities.
Mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis pointed out that the municipality did not handle the refugee issue as a temporary issue, "but as a phenomenon that will continue to concern Greece and Europe for years to come," adding that Athens is the first local government authority with a refugee management plan.
More information can be found on https://curingthelimbo.gr/