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Positive action of vulnerable groups in the return process

By analysing an array of previous return projects, the project was able to identify successful return practices for vulnerable refugees.

Project dates 01/05/2009 - 31/12/2009
Total budget€171 171
EU contribution75%
Name of the entity managing the projectLegal Affairs Unit of the Ministry of the Interior of Finland

Project Description

The Finnish authorities identified a need to improve their detection of vulnerable refugees, and to develop return processes taking these persons and their special needs into account.

Successful return practices were identified through researching and analysing the results, methods and models addressed in previous return-related projects. This project was then able to identify good experiences, as well as the needs of the vulnerable groups in the return process. As part of this process, the team undertook a fact-finding mission to northern Iraq.

An extensive report on the research was published and several newsletters were sent to relevant parties and stakeholders.

Benefits and results

Despite a relatively short implementation period, the project helped 23 voluntary returnees return to their countries of origin.

Prior to this project, there was no general system of voluntary return in place in Finland. It was as a result of this project that a voluntary return system taking into account the needs of vulnerable groups was established in 2010.

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