To Be Reunited

Conflict and displacement often lead to separated families. IOM’s Family Assistance Programme برنامج لم شمل الأسر السورية والعراقية لألمانيا (FAP) has been working to reunite people with their relatives granted asylum in Germany.

As the number of Syrians and Iraqis seeking protection shows no signs of abating, in addition to resettlement schemes, states continue to be called upon by the international community to offer additional safe and legal pathways for them to re-build their lives in third countries, including through family reunification visa schemes. Such schemes offer new beginnings and save lives by providing an alternative to unsafe, irregular and covert journeys, often facilitated by people smugglers.

In June 2016, as a result of the unprecedented number of German family reunification visa applications being submitted to the German Consular Offices in Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq, at the request of and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO), IOM established and operates five Family Assistance Programme (FAP) service centres in the cities of Istanbul and Gaziantep (Turkey), Beirut and Chtoura (Lebanon) and Erbil (Iraq).

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.


Video shooted by Nadine Al Lahham

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