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Programme for voluntary return of vulnerable persons

An information campaign promoting voluntary return ensured non-EU migrants were aware of the option of an assisted return to their country of origin, while reintegration measures, including practical support, ensured the return was successful in the longer term.

Project dates 30/12/2011 - 30/06/2012
Total budget€100 000
EU contribution75%
Name of the entity managing the projectInternational Organization for Migration

Project Description

This project promoted the voluntary return of vulnerable non-EU migrants in Bulgaria by informing them about the relevant opportunities in their country of origin. Tailoring the approach for individual migrants was a key aspect of the project, and took into consideration the psychological and mental health status of each returnee.

Subsequent reintegration measures guaranteed that the return was sustainable. These included support and advice on finding accommodation and signing rental contracts, in gaining access to the educational and health systems, and in finding a job – with experts assisting the non-EU migrants in the drafting of CVs.

The project particularly targeted non-EU migrants from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nigeria.

Benefits and results

The information campaign informed 6 000 people about voluntary return through brochures and posters printed in 4 key languages. Some 100 non-EU migrants were offered a voluntary return, on an individual basis and taking into account the particular situation in their country of origin.

As a result of the project, 22 non-EU migrants in Bulgaria voluntarily returned to their country of origin. A total of seven reintegration programmes were successfully implemented; two of which were designed for families.

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