At the start of a new life, a little help can go far

For refugees arriving in a new country to begin a new life, the experience can be overwhelming. IOM helps by preparing the individuals with cultural information and helpful tips about the society. Migrant trainer Dima Salih recounts her experience from a training she organised for Iceland-bound refugees in Lebanon.


Return programme in Iceland continues

IOM Finlands assists voluntary returnees from Finland and Iceland.

IOM Finland and the Icelandic authorities have agreed to continue their cooperation on migrant returns. IOM Finland will continue to provide Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) services to eligible migrants who wish to return home from Iceland at least until January of 2020.

Why does migration to Iceland matter?

Iceland is rapidly growing from a relatively small, far away island to a recognized actor among the Nordic Countries. Many migrants come to Iceland to explore opportunities, to embark on a new path in life, to work, to study, to seek asylum or as quota refugees. Visitors are welcomed, as a valuable source of tourism, work force and an addition to the gene pool.


Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR)

IOM is mandated by its Constitution to ensure orderly migration and among other IOM programmes, Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) is an important part of migration management. AVRR aims for humane return and reintegration of migrants who are unable or unwilling to remain in their host countries and who wish to return voluntarily to their countries of origin.