Keep City Plaza Open. Refugee Hotel Athens

For: Refugee Accommodation and Solidarity Space City Plaza
Athens, Greece
Organizer: Friends of City Plaza
of £25,000 goal
86% Complete
Raised by 307 donors

The Story


City Plaza is a refugee accommodation and solidarity space in the heart of Athens, Greece.


Following the closure of the borders when the EU trapped almost 65,000 refugees in Greece, the Greek government created more than 49 detention centres and camps. City Plaza offers a safe and dignified alternative to these places where the conditions are wretched, unclean and inhumane.

On the 22nd of April 2016 refugees, volunteers and solidarity activists occupied City Plaza Hotel which had been closed for 8 years.

126 rooms on 7 floors. A reception, bar, dining room, kitchen, storage, play ground, health care centre, roof terrace, classroom and library.   

City Plaza is supported exclusively through political solidarity and individual donations.


400 people live together at City Plaza.
The numbers: More than 100 families 165 children, 100 men, 115 women, 35 locals, activists and volunteers.

Refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Iran, Iraq, Palestine & Pakistan


Self-organisation is at the heart of City Plaza.

The philosophy: We live together. We work together. We struggle together.

The foundations of the day to day running of City Plaza lie in solidarity and collective participation. Refugees, locals, activists and volunteers work together in this way.

Your donation will go towards the essential working groups of City Plaza

- 3 meals a day for all, that’s 1,200 meals a day
Health Care Centre
- Daily appointments with doctors and nurses & coordination with public hospitals, working to resolve refugee-specific health care services
Storage space and distribution of supplies for basic needs
- Everyday the people of City Plaza are given supplies to provide for basic needs (toiletries, washing powder, supplies for babies etc) but supplies are currently low.
Maintenance of the building
- A team of volunteers working for maintenance. City Plaza has not yet had enough funding to provide heating for the building.
Language Classes
- Greek for children, English for adults and children, German for adults and children


However small or big your donation, every little will help. Everyone at City Plaza thanks you for your kindness and support in helping us to continue to live and work together in our home, to continue to live here in peace, togetherness and solidarity.

This campaign is organised by international volunteers who have spent the last months at City Plaza.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 11, 2018


Posted on March 11, 2018

Signs in progress here at City Plaza. On the 17th of March we will be marching together in solidarity with all those who are trapped by the EU's anti-migration policies. We will march for refugees to live in safety and dignity and to be reunited with their families. People Power!

Posted on January 15, 2018


Posted on January 15, 2018

In the 120 rooms of City Plaza there are 400 refugees of which a third are children.  

£25 pays for the needs of an individual for 1 month
£70 pays for the needs of a couple for 1 month
£132 pays for the needs of an entire family for 1 month

Thank you for every donation so far which is helping us to provide safe and dignified living conditions for hundreds of refugees. Please help us to continue our work and spread the word that a peaceful & dignified alternative to the camps is possible! Love from Athens x

Posted on December 28, 2017


Posted on December 28, 2017

On Boxing Day The Filipino Workers' Union took over our kitchen & cooked a delicious meal for the refugees living here at City Plaza! We thank them and you for being in solidarity with us and supporting this essential, safe & dignified refugee accommodation space.
Festive very best wishes and with love from Athens x

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