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REAG/GARP support programme

With the humanitarian REAG/GARP support programme, the Federal Government and Länder provide assistance to persons in voluntarily returning to their country of origin or in onward migration to a state that is willing to receive them.

REAG (Reintegration and Emigration Programme for Asylum Seekers in Germany) grants assistance with regard to:

  • payment of transport costs (plane, train, bus),
  • fuel costs,
  • travel benefits.

GARP (Government Assisted Repatriation Programme) provides initial aid to those looking to make a new start in countries that are significant in terms of migration policy (third states).

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) organises and takes care of departure arrangements through both support programmes.

The Federation and the Länder set the amount of the assistance that is provided towards departure on an annual basis. The current benefit amounts are listed in the REAG/GARP Fact sheet (available in several languages, see link in the right-hand column).

Departure from Germany

Valid travel documents and, where applicable, an entry visa for the destination country are required in order to leave Germany.
The IOM will only process applications that include valid travel documentation and the requisite visas!

See also the information from the Federal Foreign Office – accessible via the link at the side – on the conditions governing entry.

The border crossing certificate is the documentary evidence of actual departure from Germany. This document should be handed in to the border authorities or German consulate office in the destination country..

Date 13 December 2016

Additional Information

Co-financed by the European Union

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FAQ: Voluntary Return

People whose asylum application in Germany has been turned down may opt to return voluntarily. This is an alternative to forced return. Asylum-seekers whose asylum proceedings have not yet been concluded may also return to their country of origin voluntarily. These FAQs indicate what needs to be taken into account, what the advantages of voluntary return are and what promotional programmes and advice are on offer.

More: FAQ: Voluntary Return …

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