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IOM Greece Activities

Activities implemented by IOM Greece


 Assisted Voluntary Return including Reintegration measures

Funded 75% by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union (AMIF)  and 25% by the Hellenic Ministry of Interior

The AVRR programme aims at implementing activities which will include pre - departure and counselling assistance, travel arrangements and return for 16.200 third country nationals and reintegration measures for 4.050 returnees. IOM Greece will work closely with IOM missions in transit and final destination countries to carry on AVRR activities. Beneficiaries can get from the programme travel arrangements to return to their country of origin in a safe and dignified way (plane ticket, travel documents), return on a normal commercial flight, 500 euro cash assistance just before boarding the plane. Beneficiaries if eligible, may receive financial assistance in kind for your reintegration in the country of origin. Read more



EU Relocation Programme 


Funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union (AMIF)

Through the Relocation Programme, the International Organization for Migration in Greece (IOM) supports the Government of Greece in relocating with safety and dignity more than 65.000 asylum seekers to other EU Member States of Relocation (MSR), in compliance with the European Council Decisions 2015/1523 and 2015/1601. Beneficiaries to the Programme are applicants in prima facie need of international protection for whom the EU average recognition rate is above 75% according to EUROSTAT’s figures of the latest three months. The applicant should have arrived on the territory of Greece between 16/09/2015 and 20/03/2016, when the agreement between EU and Turkey was signed. The majority of beneficiaries are from Syria and Iraq. Special care is provided in the case of asylum seeking unaccompanied children. The choice of the relocation is always in the child’s best interest. Read more



Emergency assistance for the effective management of immigration flows in the Greek Territory


Funded by Emergency Assistance of ISFB – Internal Security FundReception & Identification ServiceHellenic Ministry of Interior

Through this project, migrants understand the RIS procedures and their rights and obligations and they are able to make informed decisions about their future- whether they wish to apply for asylum or they want to return to their countries of origin. The final beneficiaries of the action are the incoming immigrants and refugees,including UAMs, disabled or people suffering from an incurable disease, elderly people, women in pregnancy or childbirth, single parents with minor children, victims of torture, rape or other serious forms of psychological, physical or sexual violence or exploitation, victims of trafficking. Read more 



Protecting children in the context of the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe


Funded by DG Justice of the European Commission

Under the framework of the Project “Protecting children in the context of the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe” IOM, UNICEF, UNHCR and Save the Children partnered to develop a joint proposal to prevent violence against children and promote respect for the rights of refugee and migrant children along the migration route in EU Member States. All four organizations, within their respective mandates, are actively engaged in supporting national and EU actors in their response to the refugee and migrant crisis. The programme is funded by DG Justice of the European Commission. Read more



Emergency Operations Unit


Donors: Directorate General Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid of the European Commission (DG ECHO)CEBDirectorate General Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission (DG HOME)

Since June 2015, Greece started receiving a significantly increased number of refugees and migrants who entered through the blue borders of the country.  Through the establishment of IOM Greece Emergency Operations Unit, the organisation focuses on the Humanitarian Response to the Mediterranean migrant and refugee crisis by providing support and closely collaborating with the Greek Government as well as other agencies involved.  This action is complementary to on-going programmes that IOM Greece implements in partnership with the Greek Government, EU Agencies, EU member states and other countries, which allows for a holistic and coherent approach to be developed in view of the migrant and refugee crisis. Read more





Funded by the European Economic Area (EEA Grants) and the Donor Countries Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway

The Programme “Supporting Organizations that assist migrant asylum seeking population in Greece” (SOAM) was launched with the financial support of the Donor Countries Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway during a period when there was an urgent need for the establishment of more supporting services in Greece for asylum seekers and especially vulnerable groups such as unaccompanied children.  IOM Office in Greece, as Fund Operator of the Programme, monitors the work of the 3 consortiums that have been selected for its implementation. Read more





The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) I Flow Monitoring System in the Mediterranean aims to collect and regularly update information on migrants and asylum-seekers arriving in Europe, in order to provide an accurate and timely overview of the migration flows.  Considering the scale and complexity of the current migration flows in Europe, DTM offers a holistic and dynamic approach to gathering information in order to better understand the evolving situation in the countries of origin, transit and destination. Read more



Open Centre for Migrants registered for Assisted Voluntary Return & Reintegration (OCAVRR)


The programme is co funded by the European Return Fund and the Hellenic Ministry for Migration Policy

An Open Centre for migrants registered for assisted voluntary return and reintegration (OCAVRR) is established near the center of Athens in order to provide shelter to migrants in Greece who have registered with IOM Greece’s Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programmes and who have no place to stay until their departure. The beneficiaries are vulnerable migrants, defined for the purpose of the project as pregnant women, single parent families, unaccompanied minors, migrants with medical needs, elderly migrants and migrants who are homeless. Read more



Helios (HELlenic IntegratiOn System)


Funded by IOM 

“Helios” (HELlenic IntegratiOn System) project is a pilot programme aiming at examining possibilities of decentralized migrant integration practices. Based on a study visit that IOM implemented in Italy during last July, the project will capitalize already existing practices, such as education, CASH assistance, accommodation, and combine them with supporting actions regarding professional skills, social ties and participation. Final goal would be a holistic approach of migrant and refugee integration plan in a local level. In parallel, the project aims at examining the cost effectiveness of the planned actions, acknowledging pros and cons and valuating the suggested administration plan with the participation of all implementing partners. The final proposal will be tailor made to Greek practices and framework. Read more



Psychological and Social support for Syrian citizens affected by the humanitarian crisis in Greece


Funded by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief)  

The Programme aims at supporting national authorities in providing psychosocial and social assistance and targeted cultural mediation services to Syrian citizens stranded on the islands of Lesvos and Samos, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable. Read more





Co-funded by the Health Programme of the European Union and implemented by IOM 

RE-HEALTH was launched in February 2016 by the Migration Health Division of the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Regional Office in Brussels. Co-funded by the European Commission (EC) through the General Directorate for Health and Food-DG SANTE, the project intends to support EU Member States, helping them in addressing health-related issues of arriving migrants, follow up and continuity of care, ensuring that health assessments and preventive measures are provided, and that data initially collected are kept in an online database platform in order to be available during transit and at destination country. Read more