Filippiada: Refugees from Samos arrive at the camps

18thSeptember 2018

Thessaloniki, Greece

Refugees and migrants from Samos arrive at the extended Filipiada site

The team of Arbeiter Samariter Bund Greece (ASB Greece)[1]over the last two months has worked hard to extend the capacity in the camps in Katsikas and Filipiada and to improve conditions in Diavata camp, as a result of these efforts this week the first arrivals from the island of Samos will come to Epirus to lead a more dignified life in the camp of Filipiada.

ASB has extended the capacity of the Filipiada camp by 35 housing units (210 places) and Katsikas by 109 housing units (545 places), making sure that more people can stay in safe and appropriate shelter.

ASB’s priority is to provide and maintain secure and dignified living conditions with access to urban services, enhanced physical and psychological security, strengthened self-protection and self-reliance capacities for all refugees and migrants in Northern Greece.

ASB is a non-political and non-denominational charity and relief organisation. We help all people – regardless of their political, ethnic, national and religious affiliation.

This project is funded by European Commission’s department for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).[2]


[1]ASB started its operations in Greece in response to the Refugee crisis which hit this part of Europe during 2016. The main office for Greece is located in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece. ASB has been actively involved in the provision of humanitarian aid since the beginning of the refugee crisis through the implementation of humanitarian aid projects in Germany, Slovenia, Serbia, FYRoM and decided to expand its activities to Greece upon the outbreak of the crisis in this country. The ASB Greece office has officially been opened in June 2016.

[2]The European Union with its Member States is a leading global donor of humanitarian aid. Through the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), the EU helps over 120 million victims of conflict and disasters every year. With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, ECHO provides assistance to the most vulnerable people solely on the basis of humanitarian needs, without discrimination of race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation.


Contact details: Eleni Panayiotou (Visibility and Communications Officer in Greece), Tel: +30 6950736248