Question: “How much will the authorities pay for a person to return back to his country? We heard they give money to be sent back?”
Answer: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched a new reintegration package within the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme.
The new package is for non-vulnerable third country nationals and will be available on the Greek islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Leros and Kos.
People that do not have the legal status to remain in Greece or do not desire to stay in Greece, rejected asylum seekers and people that have given up an asylum claim can also apply.
Through the program you can ask to be returned to your country of origin; to your country of previous residence, where you have the legal status to remain. Turkey is not included in the return countries.
You will be provided:
- For the new reintegration package, beneficiaries will receive the usual cash grant (500 euros) provided to people selected for the AVRR in Greece;
- Beneficiaries will also get an additional amount of 500 euros per person in cash. In total, non-vulnerable returnees who register for the project on one of the islands listed above will get 1,000 euros.
Vulnerable people selected for the program will not receive the reintegration assistance in cash, but a reintegration assistance ‘package’ with a value of 1,500 EUR, which will be given in kind (help in establishing small businesses in their country of origin, vocational training programmes, medical or psychological support, etc.).
For more information contact the IOM Office in Greece or on the islands at the following phone numbers:
- Athens: +30 210 9919040;
- Lesvos: +30 69 58475878;
- Samos: +30 69 72331440;
- Chios: +30 69 55466613;
- Kos: +30 69 44864986;
- Leros: +30 69 41580330.
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