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icon Program of Voluntary Return

“ Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own and to return to his country”.

Article 13, para 2, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

If you are a third country national and do not wish to or cannot stay legally in  Greece, but want to return to your country, you can contact the International Organization for Migration (IOM) - Mission in Greece.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Greece , in cooperation  with the Ministry of Citizen Protection / Hellenic Police Headquarters and  the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – Office in Greece , in the framework of the European Return Fund implements the Program: Preparation, implementation of voluntary return actions for third country nationals and reception into their countries of origin , for the  following target groups:

  • Third country nationals who do not fulfil the conditions for entry and stay in the country.
  • Third country nationals whose request for asylum is still pending or has been rejected.
  • Third country nationals, who enjoy international protection, but nonetheless wish to return to their countries.

Through this program, IOM undertakes all legal steps to assist you in returning to your country of origin with safety and dignity.

More specifically, IOM makes the following arrangements:

  • Registration and identification of those who wish to return to their countries of origin.
  • Issuance of travel documents.
  • Issuance of tickets.
  • Provision of financial assistance.
  • Escorting to the airport while departing from Greece and reception in the transit and final destination country (country of origin).

For more information, those who are interested can contact IOM, at 210-9919040, from 08:00 am to 16:00 pm.


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