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Foreign nationals who are in Germany and would like to return to their country of origin have a basic entitlement to REAG/GARP benefits.

The following persons are eligible to receive support:

  • individuals entitled to benefits in accordance with section 1 of the Asylum Seekers’ Benefits Act (Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz)
  • recognised refugees,
  • other foreign nationals with a right of residence based on international law, or granted on humanitarian or political grounds,
  • victims of forced prostitution or human trafficking (including EU citizens).

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No travel assistance is granted to nationals of European third countries, who are permitted to enter the German federal territory without a visa: e.g. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia (if entry after March 27, 2017), Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, as well as Ukraine (if entry after June 10, 2017). Here, only travel costs will be granted.

There is no legal claim for assistance by REAG/GARP for nationals from third countries in case of onward migration to a receptive member state of the European Union. However, onward migration into a receptive third country is eligible.

Individuals are deemed to be entitled to support if

  • they have no funds of their own to finance a return/onward migration,
  • there is evidence of a lack of funds (e.g. benefits under the Asylum Seekers’ Benefits Act or Book II, VIII or XII of the Social Code [SGB]),
  • there are sufficient budgetary funds available.

There is no legal entitlement to funding via REAG/GARP!
The costs incurred when preparing to depart (e.g. fees for passports/visas, journeys to consulate offices or airports) must be applied for from the funding agency (e.g. social welfare office). 

Date 3 February 2016

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