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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 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  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)
  • India
  • Iran*
  • Iraq
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria*
  • Pakistan
  • Russian Federation (only Chechnya)
  • 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.

The contact details for the ERIN contracting partners can be downloaded on the right (see downloads ERIN Service Provider). 

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 1,500 Euro
  • Voluntary return within the family: up to 2,800 Euro
  • Vulnerability: + 500 Euro
  • Forced return: up to 700 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 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 10 January 2018

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