Voluntary return

The Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) and Reintegration (AVRR) measures program is implemented by the funds from the European Return Fund and the Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection an it concerns the return and reintegration of third countries’ nationals to their country of origin.

The only competent body you can contact is the International Organization for Migration (IOM) at its premises at 6 Dodekanisou Str, Alimos, Athens, Tel: +30 2109919040, or in reception centres and other places where there are IOM officers present (e-mail: iomathens@iom.int ).

It is the programme through which you can ask to return to your country of origin.

No. You can return ONLY to your country of origin.

Yes, but only if this country is included in the “safe countries” list.

Voluntary return does not apply to all countries around the world. The “safe countries” list contains all those countries where it’s safe to return voluntarily.

Yes, even if you have not applied for asylum, you can still request to return to your country of origin.

Yes, you can, regardless of the status of your application.

Yes, if you are under an international protection regime (recognized refugee) you can request to return to your country of origin if you wish.

Yes. Through this program you can obtain an international travel document for your return journey.