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Counselling on assisted return

The counselling services of the Information Centre for Voluntary Return (ZIRF) provide country fact sheets and answers to individual enquiries of those interested in returning.

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Country information

The public database of the Information Centre for Voluntary Return (ZIRF database) bundles extensive information about many countries.

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Return and Reintegration Coordination Agency

Return to and long-term reintegration in the home country require careful preparation. Germany and the EU support voluntary returns with a large number of projects.

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Project North Iraq

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM Iraq) manages a return project for voluntary returnees to North Iraq with the support of the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees and the European Return Fund.

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Netzwerkprojekt BeNIP

BeNIP Network Project

BeNIP is a network of government agencies involved in return management. The aim is better co-ordination and greater efficiency in the handling of return initiatives.

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ERIN Project

ERIN (European Reintegration Instrument Network) is a joint return and reintegration project run by seven European states. The two-year project is funded by the EU Commission and began on 1 June 2014.

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Kosovo return project URA 2

The URA 2 project ("bridge" in Albanian) offers various measures for the integration, care and support of Kosovan returnees and natives in its Return Centre in Prishtina.

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Armenian return project RACOB

The Franco-German RACOB project offers support to voluntary returners from Germany with reintegration into Armenia.

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What types of support are available if I return to my home country?

Basically, there is the possibility of funding support for travel and help with starting up that comes from REAG (Reintegration and Emigration Programme for Asylum Seekers in Germany) and from GARP (Government Assisted Repatriation Programme). You can find out more about this on Support to the return. If returning to Kosovo, you may also be entitled to emergency aid support from the Kosovo Return Project.

Is there funding support available to return to states from which it is possible to enter Germany without a visa?

Nationals of European third countries (non-EU states) who are allowed to enter Germany without a visa will not receive any start-up help or travel assistance from the German government (services may differ in different Federal Länder) Only travel costs can be funded. Cash payments will not be made in any circumstances.

This regulation applies in particular to nationals of Serbia and Macedonia who entered Germany after 21.12.2009 without a visa and to people from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania if they enter the country after 15.10.2010.

How do I find out what the situation is in my home country?

The ZIRF database already contains comprehensive information about treatment options for diseases, for example, or local infrastructure. Go to the Country Information.

If there is not any information about your country or town or about treatment options, you can submit a detailed enquiry about your case to the advisory centres. Go to Advisory Centres search

What special funding options exist for returning to Kosovo?

There are numerous measures for integration, assistance and support via the Return Project in Kosovo. You can find further information on the project website: Kosovo Return Project.