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The ERIN reintegration programme

ERIN (European Reintegration Network) is a joint reintegration programme involving large numbers of European partner states, managed by the Netherlands.

The service providers help returnees make a new start in their countries of origin.

The programme (6/2016-12/2021) receives most of its funding from the European Union.

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New target countries at ERIN

The European Reintegration Programme has been working with some new Service Providers since 2018:
After the inclusion of Ghana in the ERIN programme on 1 August 2018, Egypt and Ethiopia will follow on 1 November 2018.
In addition, ERIN’s reintegration assistance will be extended to the entire Russian Federation on 1 November 2018.

Working Group Harmonization: pilot projects

Since 2018, the Harmonization Working Group has been trying to harmonize the different reintegration processes under the ERIN Reintegration Program, which involves several European countries. In this context, in addition to the harmonization of work processes, uniform forms were developed and the amount of funds agreed. The aim of the harmonization project is to gain findings into how the overall process can be made more efficient and the sustainability of reintegration support can be improved.

These harmonization projects are currently being carried out by the BAMF as the National Contact Point in the ERIN European Reintegration Program in the following countries:

- Russian Federation / Chechnya: from 01.05.-31.10.2018 in cooperation with France, Sweden, United Kingdom
- Morocco: from 01.11.2018-30.04.2019 in cooperation with Denmark, Austria, Sweden, United Kingdom

The new application forms and information sheets have to be taken into account when applying.
After the end of the harmonization projects in Chechnya and Morocco applications will be processed as before.

Key areas of the programme

  • individual support after returning to the country of origin (third country),
  • help when starting  a business and social support from the service provider
  • stepping up the dialogue with third countries.

Destination countries

Reintegration services for returnees (third-country nationals) from Germany can currently be offered for the following countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Côte d’Ivoire* (Ivory Coast)
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Iran*
  • Iraq
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Russian Federation
  • Senegal*
  • Somaliland*
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan*
  • Ukraine

*In these countries there is currently a delay in the support through ERIN. Applications are nevertheless still accepted.

Reintegration assistance

Reintegration assistance includes:

  • arrival service
  • vocational trainings, help in the job search
  • support in setting up a business
  • advice and support through official, medical and charitable institutions 

The service provider provides the support in kind (no direct payments).

It is recommended to contact the service provider promptly to take advantage of the assistance provided by the programme.

Service providers

The service provider is generally a (local) non-governmental organisation with a social and humanitarian commitment to vulnerable persons. Through cooperation based on trust, the aim is to help returnees make a new start in their country of origin and to work towards their long-term reintegration. The focus of support lies in assistance in setting up viable new businesses, aid in the job search and in the provision of social/psychological support.

Target groups / amount of reintegration assistance

Reintegration assistance is available to voluntary returnees and to those who have returned by force. The amount of the support is determined by the number of returnees returning within a family and the vulnerability of the returnee.

The following guideline rates are applied as a fundamental framework for promotion:

  • Voluntary return, single person:  up to 2,000 Euro
  • Voluntary return within the family: up to 3,300 Euro
  • Vulnerability: + 500 Euro
  • Forced return: up to 1,000 Euro.

Vulnerability criteria: people aged 60 and over, unaccompanied minors (<18 years), people with a disability, pregnant women, people with particular medical needs, single parents with minors and victims of torture, rape or other forms of severe psychological, physical or sexual violence.

There is no legal entitlement to funding via this programme!

Contracts with service providers

A  procurement team within the ERIN programme is tasked with seeking out partner organisations and developing services. The main tasks here are as follows:

  • identifying service providers/local partners,
  • tendering and negotiating with partner organisations,
  • concluding contracts in accordance with the stipulations of the ERIN partner states.

The basic contract with each service provider is used by all participating states. The individual reintegration assistance schemes are however determined by the ERIN partner states themselves.


The European Union meets 90% of the programme’s costs. The remaining costs, as well as those for the reintegration assistance for returnees, are met by the ERIN partner states.

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The European Reintegration Network ERIN will be gradually expanded to become a European Return and Reintegration Network (ERRIN) from July 2018 to January 2019. The focus of this expansion includes bringing about closer cooperation at European level, whilst at the same time harmonising working methods and providing assistance to unaccompanied minors.

The ERRIN building blocks

  • joint reintegration (including ERIN)
  • joint return initiatives for vulnerable groups
  • cooperation between the Member States prior to return
  • knowledge management and outreach

Date 30 July 2018

Additional Information

Co-financed by the European Union

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