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Family Assistance Programme (FAP)

IOM is supporting family reunification for Syrians who are recognized as refugees in Germany.

IOM offices in Istanbul, Gaziantep and Beirut support applicants by assisting in the preparation of their visa applications and by providing pre-departure integration courses.

For more information click here.

IOM Global Migration Data Analysis Centre
GMDAC Berlin

The IOM Data Centre in Berlin will centrally collect data on global migration issues and publish timely analysis.

At the opening on 7th September, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said: "IOM Missions’ achievements around the globe continue to record impressive statistics… and we must use this data more often and more effectively."

Visit the GMDAC’s website and read the press release here.

Integrated Reintegration in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq – a Short Movie about the IOM project

Be it the opening of a small film production company, a mini-market or an internet café – IOM assisted voluntary returnees in their long-term social and economic reintegration in the area of the Kurdistan Region, Iraq. This movie portraits the project and tells individual reintegration stories of several beneficiaries.

Watch the movie here.

It’s amazing what migrants bring.

New skills. New ideas. New points of view. When people move to new countries, they bring a lot more than a suitcase. And what they bring can benefit everyone.

Find out more about the contribution of migrants at

Welcome to IOM!

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration.

  • 173 Member States, 8 States with observer status
  • 393 IOM offices in over 100 countries
  • 12,673 staff

The Federal Republic of Germany has been a member of IOM since 1954. In Berlin, Nuremberg, Frankfurt/Main and Brandenburg, IOM Germany implements national and international projects in the area of migration.

Click here to get more information on IOM or the activities of IOM Germany.

In order to prevent the spread of Corona/COVID-19, IOM Germany has reduced some activities and office presences for the time being.

Applications for voluntary return with REAG/GARP & StarthilfePlus can be processed to a limited extent but we cannot guarantee that the return takes place due to the current evolving situation. There are travel limitations for many countries. It is important to check up-to-date information on travel restrictions on the information portal ReturningfromGermany.

IOM Germany’s in-person counselling is put on hold for the moment. The counselling services are available via email and partly via phone as follows:

IOM Family Reunification Counselling (FAP):
Inquiries via phone are no longer possible.

IOM Return and Reintegration Counselling in Berlin:
Mon + Tue 07:00 – 14:00, Thu 09:00 – 17:00
Phone: + 49 30 90269 4848 / +49 160 90332446

IOM Return and Reintegration Counselling in Brandenburg:
Mon - Thu 10:00 – 12:00
Phone: + 49 170 9684163

Virtual Counselling is operating as usual. 

We ask for your kind understanding if there are delays in our response to requests and hope that we will be able to return to our normal counselling schedule as soon as possible. 

Booklet Cooperation Germany and IOM Iraq