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 destitute.

The Open Centre is situated among hospitals, embassies of third countries and very near to underground and bus stations.

The Open Centre provides services of vital nature to vulnerable migrants until they return to the Country of Origin with dignity, such as:

  • A safe environment for staying
  • Three meals per day from catering services
  • NFIs (toiletries, sanitary items and clothes)
  • Hot shower
  • Free laundry rooms
  • Recreation room withΤV,  wi – fi and telephone
  • Cleaning services
  • Medical Services