More Than 800 Migrants and Victims of Human Trafficking Return Home From Greece
IOM yesterday (31/1/13) completed a 12-month Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) programme to help 851 irregular migrants from 36 countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Georgia and Ghana to return voluntarily to their countries of origin from Greece.
The project, which was EUR 1.1 million funded by a European Economic Area (EEA) grant backed by Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, also helped 23 victims of human trafficking to return home.
Greece is a major transit country for thousands of irregular migrants trying to reach Western Europe. But many decide to return home when they become stranded, jobless and are forced to sleep on the streets of Athens. In the course of the EEA project, IOM Athens registered over 1,000 third country migrants who asked IOM for help to return to their countries of origin.