Questionnaire findings for Syrians in Greece

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Date published
31 May 2016
Research, reports and studies
Forced displacement and migration, Host Communities, Targeting, Identification and Profiling

During the first three months of 2016, UNHCR conducted a profiling of Syrian and Afghan arrivals to the Greek islands. As of 20 March, the situation on the islands changed and limitations on freedom of movement of new arrivals were implemented. UNHCR suspended the exercise for one month in order to make necessary adjustments.

In May, new interviews were conducted only with Syrians and Afghans who had not been previously interviewed by UNHCR and were living in open centres on the two islands (Lesvos, Chios) where open centres exist.

Interviews were conducted from 11 to 31 May by two teams of Arabic speakers in Dipethe, Vial and Souda on Chios, Kara Tepe, Iliachtida on Lesvos. Interviews were voluntary and interviewees could choose not to answer some questions. The survey was not administered while individuals waited in line (e.g., for registration), or in closed facilities and children and persons with mental disabilities were interviewed in the presence of a caretaker.

The methodology was designed using the individual as unit of analysis. The purpose of the methodology is to provide information on the interviewed population, not on the whole population on the islands, as the sample is not representative.