The Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Belgium Advanced Project was funded by the European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund – Internal Security Fund (AMIF_ISF) Belgium National Actions and Fedasil. The project was implemented by IOM from 01st July 2015 to 30th June 2016 in Belgium and in 58 countries of origin.
Provisions of AVRR assistance to project beneficiaries:
a) reintegration counselling with specialized IOM Brussels reintegration counselors,
b) voluntary return movement support to migrants wishing to return to their countries of origin on voluntary basis,
c) 374 migrants assisted in their country of origin with 251 enhanced reintegration assistance packages
The project facilitated migrant income generation from both:
- micro-business activities with a total of 207 micro-business plans implemented to allow returnees to setup, restart or partner in a local micro-business or agricultural activity.
- employment and skills development with 14 migrants supported with Technical and Vocational Education and Training or wage subsidy during on the job placements in 10 countries of return (Albania, Belarus, Cuba, Morocco, Mongolia, Niger, the Russian Federation, Sudan, Turkey, and Ukraine).
Furthermore, IOM was able to deliver post-return emergency top-up grants to 19 AVRR beneficiaries identified as vulnerable in 12 countries of origin (Albania, Armenia, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Congo DRC, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kosovo, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, and the Russian Federation).
Through the project, 30 returnees benefited from specialized medical support with financing of prescribed medication, treatment for Hepatitis, for cancer, for HIV, dialysis for kidney issues, paralysis, leg prosthesis after amputation, hearing disorder, child cerebral palsy, diabetes, maternal health care, psychological assistance, and physiotherapy.
In order to link pre-departure and post-return counselling for complex and vulnerable cases, and to provide platforms for exchange with stakeholders in Belgium and Countries of Origin, IOM organized skype conference calls in Antwerp and Brussels with project beneficiaries, potential applicants, Diaspora representatives, IOM reintegration assistants from Ghana, Tanzania, Ukraine, and Somalia, and Belgium councilors (from both IOM and Fedasil).
You will find examples of reintegration assistance in the section on stories of return and reintegration.