Since 2013, the IOM office in Georgia has been operating the comprehensive program called “Assisted Voluntary Return from Georgia and Reintegration in Countries of Origin” for foreigners residing in Georgia who express the wish to return home but do not have the resources for that. This program consists of pre-departure counseling and humanitarian assistance, travel arrangements, and subsequent reintegration assistance in their home communities thanks to the involvement of IOM offices in their native countries. On top of organizing these individual movements, IOM assists the Georgian authorities in developing high standards of return management, including for those migrants who have been accommodated in the migrant detention center, based on the principle that voluntary return should be prioritized over forced return options. Over the past 9 years, IOM has assisted over 825 migrants to return home in dignity.

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