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Training for officials involved in returns and removals

Over the course of a year, 32 officials were trained on all aspects of forced return operations. They received practical training on escorting returnees, ensuring a more efficient and effective return process that respects human dignity.

Project dates 01/01/2010 - 31/12/2010
Total budget€70 643
EU contribution75%
Name of the entity managing the projectPolice and Border Guard Board

Project Description

Effectiveness and efficiency were high on the priority list during the training undertaken by the officials of the Police and Border Guard Board responsible for escorting returnees back to their countries of origin. But the training also covered psychological aspects of returns, the organisation of joint return operations, cultural differences, first aid, and cooperation with other EU member states for returns. Officials were also educated in the necessary international human rights and security standards, as well as the legislation relevant to the return process.

Benefits and results

During the one year project, 32 officials received training on return operations. While the officials were the intended direct beneficiaries of this programme, their increased knowledge and understanding of the return process also in turn benefits the returnees being escorted back to their countries of origin by these officials.

In Estonia, this was the first training project for the officials that covered not only the theoretical aspects of involuntary return operations, but also practical training on escorting returnees. Participants were also able to learn through an exchange of best practice with other EU countries.

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