Voluntary Repatriation and Reintegration

Γενικές Πληροφορίες

Ομάδες Πληθυσμού
Προσφυγικός / μεταναστευτικός πληθυσμός
  • General population
Κατηγορίες Υπηρεσιών
Ημέρες/Ώρες Εξυπηρέτησης
  • Δευτέρα έως Παρασκευή: 08:30 - 16:30
Γλώσσες Εξυπηρέτησης


The project “Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration of Migrants in situations of vulnerability” is being implemented under the programme “Asylum and Migration” of the EEA Grants by IOM. Through the project, IOM seeks to provide AVRR assistance to migrants in situations of vulnerability, expressing the will to return to their country of origin and to contribute to their sustainable reintegration.

Potential beneficiaries

  • beneficiaries with health needs,
  • UMC and/or separated children,
  • elderly persons (+65),
  • victims of trafficking,
  • pregnant women,
  • families,
  • and beneficiaries with other types of vulnerabilities

What is AVRR

IOM defines AVRR as the “administrative, logistical or financial support, including reintegration assistance, to migrants unable or unwilling to remain in the host country who volunteer to return to their countries of origin” (IOM Glossary on Migration, 2019). It is an indispensable part of a comprehensive approach to migration management aiming at their orderly and humane return and reintegration to their countries of origin. AVRR project is a core activity of IOM and has provided vital assistance to tens of thousands of migrants returning to their countries of origin every year, for the last four decades. The decision of returning home is 100% voluntary and based on the migrant’s request. AVRR project has been at the heart of IOM’s commitments to protecting migrant’s rights while ensuring the voluntariness of every return encompasses two elements, freedom of choice and an informed decision, which is taken upon the availability of timely, unbiased and reliable information.

What is Reintegration

Reintegration is generally understood as a multidimensional process enabling individuals to re-establish the economic, social and psychosocial relationships needed to maintain life, livelihood and dignity, and achieve inclusion in civic life. ΙΟΜ asserts that reintegration support can only be successful if there is a level of re-inclusion across all dimensions. At the individual level, the specific needs of beneficiaries should be covered and support for these provided upon return. The notions of return and reintegration are intimately interlinked with that of sustainability. “Reintegration can be considered sustainable when returnees have reached levels of economic self-sufficiency, social stability within their communities and psychosocial well-being that allow them to cope with (re)migration drivers. Having achieved sustainable reintegration, returnees are able to make further migration decisions as a matter of choice, rather than necessity” (Towards an integrated approach to reintegration in the context of return, IOM, 2017).

Beneficiaries are informed by specialized personnel and cultural mediators, in order to follow personalized reintegration plans, based on their needs.

Types of reintegration assistance for the project “Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration of Migrants in situations of vulnerability” may include setting up a small business (individually or in partnership), job placement, temporary accommodation, psychosocial support, medical assistance, vocational training, household items, child care support and education.

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