Enhancing the orderly and humane voluntary return of migrants, including vulnerable groups, to their Countries of Origin through enhanced cooperation and knowledge-sharing between Greece and Norway.


Lead Partner: IOM Greece – International Organization for Migration
Co-Partner: Hero Norge AS

The proposed initiative seeks to contribute towards enhancing the capacity of the Norwegian authorities and stakeholders in organizing the voluntary return of migrants to their CoOs in an orderly, humane and dignified manner, with particular focus on the specialized needs of migrants in situations of vulnerability. The project will also contribute towards enhancing cooperation and knowledge-sharing between Greece and Norway, by enabling Norwegian entities to visit and observe best practices implemented by IOM as part of its AVRR programming in Greece, as well as support them in adapting the knowledge and lessons learned to the assisted voluntary returns context in Norway. Therefore, the project is aligned with the objective of Program II “Asylum and Migration” to ensure functional national asylum and migration management systems, and to safeguard the right to seek asylum. In particular, the project will focus on increasing the knowledge and capacity of the Norwegian counterparts on two elements of the AVRR programming in Greece, which are considered best practices, and which can eventually contribute to increasing the quality, as well as humane and orderly nature of voluntary returns in Norway, these being pre-departure accommodation of returnees in vulnerable situations, and the incorporation of protection within AVRR