I would like to start this New Year sharing with you the following news published in the IOM website. Happy new year from our team!

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has shared the findings of surveys conducted monthly among the beneficiaries of HELIOS, its integration programme in Greece.

Findings in education

HELIOS runs integration courses at integration learning centers (ILCs) across Greece. Each course cycle runs for 6 months and offers support with Greek language learning, cultural orientation, job readiness and life skills.

245 individuals completed the survey on the education component of the program. The majority – 45% – were aged between 25 and 34, and 76% started the program with an A1-level command of the Greek language.

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 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 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.


For more information please click here: https://ec.europa.eu/migrant-integration/library-document/iom-feedback-helios-programme-beneficiaries_en