Supporting voluntary return is an important part of German foreign policy. It takes priority over forcing people to return and enables a stay in Germany by a person obliged to leave the country to be terminated without conflict.
Voluntary return offers a humane, sustainable, safe alternative for those returning to their home country. It is based on an informed and freely-made decision on the part of those interested in returning. It is intended to offer future prospects to persons obliged to leave Germany, as well as to individuals who wish to return to their home countries for other reasons. This policy aims to ensure that the returnees are safe in their home countries and that this continues to be a lasting solution for their situation.
Voluntary return is not explicitly regulated by law. It is only defined in the Residence Act (section 75 no. 7 of the Residence Act) as being the responsibility of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.
There is no legal right to financial assistance or any other support for people returning to their home country voluntarily.