Since 2016, IOM Finland has been providing Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration assistance to returnees from Iceland in cooperation with the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration (IDI).
Eligible migrants include asylum seekers, migrants considered to be vulnerable, victims of trafficking and unaccompanied migrant children in Iceland.
The aim of the project is to contribute in establishing a consistent and nation-wide offer of AVRR in Iceland. While the project provides capacity building for Icelandic counterparts, its main focus in on assisting the returnees.
The assistance provided to the returnees includes pre-departure counselling, acquisition of travel documents, assistance in registering children born in Iceland, travel arrangements to the final destination, transit and arrival assistance, escort services (medical or operational) when needed and special arrangement for vulnerable migrants.
In addition, returnees will receive departure assistance in Reykjavik airport together with pre-departure cash payments from the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration. In case needed, IOM can also map out available reintegration services or other relevant information in the country of return. The services are free of charge for the returnees.
If the returnee’s asylum application is still in process they will have to withdraw it in order to return and receive support under the programme. Persons are not eligible for the programme if they are a citizen of an EU country or have acquired Icelandic citizenship.
For more information, contact IOM Finland: firstname.lastname@example.org