Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR)
CIMI, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), operates the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration program (AVRR) for vulnerable migrants who wish to return to their countries of origin.
The following are eligible for the program:
Families with children and single parents
Migrants in need of medical assistance
Victims of trafficking
Migrants lacking travel documents (on a case by case basis)
The program provides pre-departure and post-arrival counseling, as well as a small grant intended to support the reintegration process in the migrant’s country of origin. The grant may be used for professional training, school fees, medical assistance, small business support, and to purchase essential goods.
Over the years, more than 500 vulnerable migrants received assistance from the program and have returned to 30 different countries, including: Thailand, The Philippines, Nepal, India, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Colombia. Read here their "Stories of Return".
For more information about AVRR, please see brochures available in the languages below:
Frequently Asked Questions
Does this program cost money?
No. Program participants do not pay anything to anyone to take part. Please contact CIMI/IOM as soon as possible if you are asked to pay for services.
How long do I have to wait between my initial request to return and my flight home?
We want the return process to be as orderly as possible, so in most cases it takes up from two weeks to a month for a request to be processed and approved, and for the return flight to be booked.
However, in some cases the process takes longer, for example, when supporting documentation or a medical escort is required.
With which documents can I fly?
Passport or other official Travel Document issued by the responsible national authorities.
How many suitcases can I bring?
This depends on the ticket, but you can bring at least one piece of checked baggage per person, though in some cases, more. Additional luggage is not covered by the program.
What kind of assistance can I expect from CIMI before the flight?
You can expect counselling and information about returning to your countries of origin—for example, about the availability and price of medical services and medication as well as educational services. We are happy to answer any question you may have.
A CIMI representative will provide you with 90 EURO cash per person prior to the flight and plane tickets, order a taxi from your house to the airport, and, if necessary, arrange assistance at the airport or during the flight (for example a wheelchair).
You will also be provided with IOM contact details in your country of origin before your departure so that you can arrange for reintegration assistance after arrival.
Who do I turn to once I return to my home country?
Before your return, a CIMI representative will give you the contact details of the IOM staff in your country of origin. They will know you are arriving and will be expecting your call. If you would like, IOM staff can also meet you upon arrival to support with arranging onward transportation to your final destination.
Once you have arrived, please get in touch with the local IOM office to finalize your reintegration plan and receive reintegration assistance of up to 700 EURO per person, provided in-kind, in other words: directly to service providers or on a reimbursement basis.
What can I buy with the reintegration grant that I receive from the program?
The reintegration assistance is designed to support you to re-start your life in your community of return.
The reintegration grant can be used for:
to set up a small business
temporary accommodation and housing, e.g. rent
schooling for children, vocational training courses
material assistance, such as purchasing essential goods
referral to job-search assistance and legal services on a case by case basis
If I have a medical condition, which documents do I need?
In order for us to assess whether specific arrangements need to be done during travel or upon return in the country of origin, a health assessment needs to be conducted by a qualified medical professional.
Specific information regarding your condition, immediate needs, on-going treatment, medications and future treatment should be provided in writing, in English.
Health assessments should also provide the necessary information to determine whether it is necessary to organize a medical escort during travel or whether assistance is needed at transit points.
Finally, a fit-to-fly note is needed to ensure that your health condition has not deteriorated or evolved in a way that prevents travel.
If I have a medical condition, what kind of assistance can I expect during travel?
The kind of assistance depends on your condition. If you have limited mobility, we will organize wheelchair assistance or a specific seat in the airplane. If your condition is more serious and according to your doctor a medical escort is necessary, this will be arranged.
It is important for us that you arrive safely at your final destination and receive the appropriate support upon return. It may therefore take longer to finalize the details of the return for medical cases.
If you would like to return home through CIMI's AVRR program, or would like to hear more about the program,
please contact us:
119 HaHashmonaim St - 2nd Floor