Session II: Sustainable reintegration

23 October 2018

Efficient reintegration of returnees to third countries backs up sustainability of returns from the EU and decreases remigration risks. Reintegration in its turn depends on a range of conditions (economic, social, educational etc) that have to be met in order to make it possible and attractive for returnees to stay and build a life in the country of origin/return. In this session an overview is given of the existing programmes in this field. Also, challenges of sustainable reintegration are discussed from the point of view of third countries as well as the organisations providing return (and reintegration) services.

In addition, the issue of whether Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) services should be offered to TCNs that are subject to forced returns is tackled in this section.

Some of the questions addressed include:

♦ What kind of preconditions have to be met for sustainable reintegration (incl. components of sustainable reintegration services)?

♦ How many TCNs returned to their countries of origin travel back to the EU and what are the reasons reintegration does not work as well as expected?

♦ What would be the benefits and costs for the Member States if reintegration packages were harmonised across the EU?

♦ Could the reintegration packages be provided on EU central level by one of the Agencies in future?

♦ What are the pros and cons of providing reintegration services to TCNs forced to leave?

Session Facilitator:

♦  Laurence Hunzinger, Regional Thematic Specialist, IOM Regional Office for the European Economic Area (EEA), the EU and NATO


♦  Nicola Graviano, IOM 

♦ Marcin Pruss, ERRIN

♦ Amb.Lawal Hamidu, Director for Refugees and Migrants, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs (NCFRMI)

♦ Joris Kennis, Federal Agency for the reception of asylum seekers (FEDASIL)