Laurence Hunzinger
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Voluntary Return European Network

Annual Report

 Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration: 2011 Annual Report



Annual Report

 Counter Trafficking and Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants: 2011 Annual Report



Through its Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programmes, IOM aims at orderly, humane, and cost-effective return and reintegration of migrants who are unable or unwilling to remain in host countries and wish to return voluntarily to their countries of origin. For migrants who need to return home but lack the means to do so, AVRR is often the only solution to their immediate plight. Beneficiaries of AVRR programmes include any person abroad requiring the humane and cost-effective support of IOM, such as rejected asylum seekers or those likely to face rejection of their claim, irregular migrants, stranded migrants, victims of trafficking, and other vulnerable groups, including unaccompanied minors (UAMs), elderly people, or those with health related needs.

The Voluntary Return European Network (VREN) is a web-based initiative of the European Commission implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) aiming at facilitating exchanges among stakeholders in the EU Member States as well as in Switzerland and Norway in the field of migration and in particular on the voluntary return and reintegration of third country nationals to their countries or origin.  VREN is implemented by IOM Rome in close cooperation with IOM RO Brussels and IOM Belgium. RO Brussels also acts as liaison with the European Commission on all aspects of the project.

The VREN e-community serves as the online platform for gathering and sharing information on all activities in the field of voluntary return and reintegration of returning migrants in their home countries.


  • Sharing of best practices on return to ensure the compliance with the EU Return Directive
  • Regular exchange of information between relevant stakeholders
  • Collecting information on the activities carried out by different partners to ensure knowledge sharing and avoid duplication of efforts and resources



Related Project:

"Enhanced and Integrated Approach regarding Information on Return and Reintegration in Countries of Origin". IRRiCO II is a project carried out by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and co-financed by the European Commission that aims to provide information about return and reintegration possibilities for migrants considering returning back to their countries of origin (Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Armenia, Brazil, Cameroon, Congo DRC, Georgia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kosovo, Moldova, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Serbia, Sudan and Ukraine). Building upon several national practices in the field of return-related information, the IRRiCO II project is being implemented in 9 European countries, namely Austria, UK, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, and Switzerland.  For more informaiton, please visit the IRRiCO II website.