The Federal Office offers a variety of sources of information on the topic of voluntary return and reintegration in countries of origin in the shape of the return hotline, the Information Centre for Voluntary Return (ZIRF) and the ZIRF Counselling.
The German authorities – the Federation and the Länder – offer prospective returnees a variety of return programmes, including the REAG/GARP return programme, which is administrated by the Federal Office, as well as Start-up cash Plus
The ERIN and URA reintegration programmes offer a variety of support activities such as social counselling or job placement to returnees making a fresh start in their country of origin, thus providing them with real prospects there.
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.