Press & News
On Friday, June 9th 2017, the closing event of SOAM Programme – namely Supporting Organizations that Assist Migrant asylum seeking population in Greece – took place in Athens, at the “B&M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music”.
On Thursday, June 8, the Chief of IOM Mission in Greece, Daniel Esdras, accompanied by members of the Greek Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will travel to Leros Island, in the context of the program "The implementation of assisted voluntary returns including reintegration measures."
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is present at Elliniko camp in Athens, to support the Ministry of Migration Policy in the voluntary evacuation of the unofficial site, where approximately 600 migrants and refugees -the vast majority of them Afghans- have been living for the last months.
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IOM reports that 43,204 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 23 April, over 80 per cent arriving in Italy and the rest in Spain and Greece. This compares with 205,613 through the 19 April 2016.
Rosa María Sánchez-Yebra Alonso, Vice-Governor for Social Development Strategy of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), visited the headquarters of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Greece in Athens and some of the accommodation centres supported by the CEB.