Heraklion or Iraklion is the largest city and the administrative capital of the island of Crete.
Through the services provided by the Office of Social Development and the Council for the Integration of Refugees and Migrants, the Municipality of Heraklion has taken the following initiatives to ensure its COVID-19 responses are inclusive of refugees and migrants:
1. Translation of printed material related to preventive measures against COVID-19 and public awareness campaign through street work (in Albanian, Arabic, Russian);
2. Provision of updates to migrants and refugees, through their respective cultural organisations and the municipality webpage, for regular free rapid test sites (Albanian, Russian, Arabic);
3. A “vaccination day” was organised for refugees, asylum seekers, and beneficiaries of international assistance from ESTIA 2021 partners (Heraklion Development Agency, Ploigos) and HELIOS (IOM).