Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Humanitarian Affairs

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

The International Organization for Migration was established in 1951 and is the leading inter-governmental agency in the field of migration. As such, it interacts with governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental partners. IOM, currently, comprises 151 member states and 12 states with observer status.

Greece is a member of the Organization since 1957. IOM maintains an office in Athens, whereas its Regional Office responsible for the European Economic Area countries is based in Brussels.

IOM is one of Greece’s strategic partners on migration policies and its Office in Greece is conducting a number of Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration projects. To date, thousands of migrants have registered to IOM-Greece their interest in returning to the respective countries of origin. 

Numerous other relevant programs are being funded in cooperation with the European Union.

Cooperation between Greece and IOM will further expand in the field of vulnerable migrants, a priority of particular interest for the Greek government. 

Further information on IOM is available on the following link:

Last Updated Wednesday, 29 March 2017