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The ERIN reintegration programme

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

The contracting partners (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.

Key areas of the programme

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

Destination countries

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

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • India
  • Iran (Services temporarily not available)
  • Iraq/Iraqi Kurdistan Region
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Russian Federation (only Chechnia)
  • Senegal
  • Somaliland
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Ukraine

Reintegration assistance

Reintegration assistance includes:

  • arrivals service,
  • advice and support with official, medical and charitable institutions,
  • vocational skill-building schemes, help with looking for a job, and
  • support in setting up a business.

The service-provider largely provides the support in the form of benefits in kind (no direct payments).

It is recommended to contact the service-provider in good time in order to take advantage of the assistance provided by the programme.


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 (with a support phase of between three and six months in most cases) and in the provision of social/psychological support.

The contact details for the ERIN contracting partners are provided in the “ERIN-Steckbrief” profile leaflet (see downloads in the right-hand column, in German). 

Target groups/amount of reintegration assistance

Reintegration assistance is available to voluntary returnees and to those who have been forcibly returned. The amount of the support is determined by a variety of different factors (such as the duration of residence in Germany, families returning together, the nature of the reintegration assistance, intra-family support).

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

  • Voluntary returnees: up to Euro 2,000
  • Minors: up to Euro 600
  • Forcibly-returned persons: up to Euro 700.

It is possible to deviate from the rates above to a suitable degree, based on individual circumstances and where there are adequate prospects for reintegration.

There is no legal entitlement to funding via this programme!

Contracts with service-providers

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

  • identifying contracting partners (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.

Date 4 August 2017

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