The AVRR B-Advanced project provides enhanced reintegration assistance packages to eligible REAB applicants to assist them further with their reintegration plans in country of origin. It delivers a viable and humanitarian response to the needs of migrants who are not able to remain in Belgium.
The program aims for returnees to invest in an income generating activity such as :
- To start, re-start, or partner in a micro-business or an agricultural or livestock activity, thus encouraging self-employment & entrepreneurship.
- To take on employment and benefit from wage subsidy support
- To develop their skills for employability by completing vocational training or by continuing with schooling or further education
You will find examples of such assistance in the section on Stories of return and reintegration.
The program also aims to respond to the identified vulnerabilities of returnees by covering for complex medical or urgent material household needs.
The IOM reintegration teams in country of origin deliver the assistance in consultation with the IOM Brussels team of reintegration counselors following a flexible, needs oriented, and participative approach. The services provided are:
- Orientation and counselling throughout the reintegration process,
- development and implementation of reintegration plans,
- redaction of micro-business plans,
- delivery of in-kind grants,
- referrals to relevant governmental institutions,
- referrals to local partner organizations.
The complete package allows for the maximized sustainability of the reintegration project which is key. The aim is for the returnees to generate sufficient income to respond to their basic household needs.
The eligibility of applicants is defined by the Fedasil Criteria (FR (link is external) /NL (link is external) ) and assessed by the reintegration counsellors in Belgium with a thorough pre-departure reintegration counselling session and with the development of a Reintegration Plan. When need be, and upon demand, an interpreter is made available during counselling.
The project, which started on 1 July 2015 and finished on 30 June 2016, continued the Fedasil and EU supported IOM enhanced reintegration assistance projects implemented in the past years.
For more information, contact Ms. Jacqueline Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: +32 (0) 2 287 74 13).