IOM will Close German Compensation Programme for Nazi Victims by 31 December 2006

Date Publish: 
Monday, November 13, 2006 - 16:00

Kindly note that the GFLCP has now been completed and that IOM can no longer accept claims, issue cheques or make new payments to beneficiaries.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is preparing final payments to be issued on 31 December 2006 as part of the full closure of its German Forced Labour Compensation Programme (GFLCP), a programme co-funded by the German Government and German industry.

The majority of GFLCP payments to more than 119,000 beneficiaries related to approximately 100,000 positive claims for compensation for slave or forced labour, other personal injury and/or property loss were issued before 30 September 2006. On that legally binding date, deadlines related to notifications about awards, appeals and legal successors (heirs) expired under GFLCP.

Since the end of September and until 31 December 2006, IOM is making only exceptional payments primarily related to a few remaining legal successor and appeals cases. In addition, IOM has intensified its efforts to reach people who have either not cashed their cheques or have so far proved to be unreachable. IOM staff are currently doing their utmost to contact beneficiaries by telephone, through IOM field offices, legal representatives, victims’ associations, or local authorities, or by checking local telephone directories for new contact details and searching the Internet.

According to the German Foundation Act, IOM and other partner organizations of the German Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” will not be allowed to issue payments after 31 December 2006. This deadline also applies to cases where beneficiaries died prior to receiving their cheques, where necessary documents were not available earlier, or where the address information was incorrect.

In view of GFLCP’s closure, IOM is also phasing down its Hotline services. Multi-language telephone and email response will continue until 10 December 2006. As of 11 December 2006, calls will be accepted Monday to Friday from 9.30 to 11.30 am in English, French, Spanish and German, before the service is shut down completely by mid -January 2007. As of 22 January 2007, telephone, email and fax services will no longer be available and IOM will not respond to unsolicited correspondence.

After the closure of the German Forced Labour Compensation Programme, the German Federal Archive in Berlin will act as custodian for all GFLCP claims and related documents sent to IOM in the context of the programme.

Until mid-January 2007, contact details for IOM Claims Programmes are: P.O. Box 71, CH-1211 Geneva, Tel: +41-22-5928230, Fax: +41-22-5928201, compensation@iom.int

For additional press and programme information, please contact:

Marie-Agnes Heine, Public Information Officer
IOM Claims Programmes
P.O. Box 71, CH-1211 Geneva, Tel: +41-22-5928220
E-mail: mheine@iom.int
Compensation Hotline: +41-22-5928230