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Joint Libya Statement: IOM Director General António Vitorino and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi

Athens, 12 July 2019

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Geneva – On 3 July, more than 50 migrants and refugees lost their lives in an airstrike on the Tajoura Detention Centre in the east of Libya’s capital Tripoli. This week we appealed to the European Union and African Union to prevent such a tragedy from being repeated. The international community should consider the protection of the human rights of migrants and refugees a core element of its engagement in Libya. 

One Child Every Day: Lack of Data Leaves Most Vulnerable Group At Risk

Athens, 28 June 2019


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Berlin – A new report from the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) highlights the need for better data on migrant deaths and disappearances, particularly those of missing migrant children.

Events for World Refugee Day in Athens

Athens, 18 June 2019


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20 June, Kypseli Municipal Market – 22 June, Serafio City of Athens


Operation off Lesvos, Greece - 7 Confirmed Drowned, 57 Rescued on Mediterranean’s Busiest Route

Athens, 11 June 2019


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Christine Nikolaidou of IOM Greece’s Athens office confirmed Tuesday morning these details of a deadly shipwreck off the island of Lesvos in Greece’s Aegean Sea. The location of the tragedy appears to have been approximately 2.5 miles away from the Lesvos’ port of Mytilene, in an area known as Pamfyla.

Procurement and delivery of 56.650 NFIs on the islands and in Evros

Athens, 14 February 2019


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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the Ministry of Migration Policy and the Reception and Identification Service, procured and delivered 56,650 non – food items for the migrants currently hosted in the reception and identification centers (RICs) of Lesvos, Samos, Chios, Leros, Kos and Evros (Fylakio).

IOM donates 30.000 euros in kind to the Greek Fire Service

Athens, 13 February 2019


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Publication: IOM IN THE FIELD

IOM in the Field: Improving the Living Conditions of Migrants and Refugees in Mainland Greece (2016-2018).

International Migrants Day 2018: Message from IOM's DG António Vitorino



Migration is the great issue of our era. Migration With Dignity (#WithDignity) is the theme of 2018’s International Migrants Day, which we observe on Tuesday (18 December).

Dignity is at the core of our mission. Treating all migrants with dignity is the fundamental requirement we face before anything else we attempt on migration—a troubling issue coming at a troubling time for the world community—because our future depends on it. So, too, does our present.