Migration is often perceived as a one-way journey, starting from one’s homeland to a new country of destination. The reality can be more complex, however. For some, the need to go back home is felt at a certain point, triggered by the desire to reunite with family, changed conditions in either host countries or countries of origin, or the lack of legal status and work opportunities.
Since 1979 IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has implemented Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programmes worldwide, assisting more that 1.5 million migrants. For IOM, AVRR is an indispensable part of a comprehensive approach to migration management.
Every year, IOM provides tailored gender and age sensitive AVRR assistance to tens of thousands of migrants returning home voluntarily under diverse circumstances. Beneficiaries may include may include stranded migrants in host or transit countries, irregular and regular migrants, asylum, seekers who decide not to pursue their claims or are found not to be in need of international protections, as well as migrants in vulnerable situations, such as victims of human trafficking, unaccompanied and separated children, and migrants with health-related needs.
For more information about IOM's AVRR Framework Principles and its assistance for migrants in vulnerable situations, you can read the full report here.