Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme (AVRR) In Western Balkans


Project Duration: 
01 January 2019 – 31 December 2021
Project Partners: 
Governmental institutions and migrant communities in the Western Balkans
Donors: 
European Commission through IPA II fund and bilateral contributions by the German Federal Foreign Office, Austrian Ministry of Interior and Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security's Repatriation and Departure Service.

Project Description

This project aims to support sustainable return and reintegration of migrants voluntary returning from the Western Balkans to their countries of origin and contribute to orderly and safe migration.

Project objective:

The project objectives are aiming to encompass a set of interventions designed to strengthen the provision of assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR) for migrants in the Western Balkans who are not in need of international protection and who wish to return home to their countries of origin in a safe and dignified manner. Project aims to assist migrants to return home based on informed decisions and comprehensive protection of their fundamental rights and supporting migrants in reintegrating in communities to which they return.

Project activities

  • Information and counseling on voluntary return in the migrant’s native language, as well as logistic and financial support in travel planning;
  • Support in procuring the travel document and covering all expenses related to this process;
  • Support at the airport upon arrival and, if necessary, during the transit and arrival;
  • For the vulnerable categories, a monetary compensation is provided for reintegration, in order to cover expenses in the initial period upon return. The IOM office in the country of origin enables support that may be used for the purpose of education, initiating business or business investments, medical requirements or, if necessary, partial coverage of accommodation costs. Additional support is provided to specific categories of vulnerable migrants.

For more information please visit project website - www.avrr-wb.com


Project Status: 
Ongoing
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