In December 2020, IOM Finland assisted 14 beneficiaries to return voluntarily to their countries of origin. In 2020, IOM Finland assisted 217 persons to return voluntarily from Finland to 28 different countries of origin. Most frequent return countries were Iraq, Russian Federation, Georgia and Turkey.
IOM Finland's assistance to voluntary returnees from Finland is based on an agreement with the Finnish Immigration Service, Migri. Returnees can be granted either cash grants to help them reintegrate or in-kind-support such as assistance for starting a micro business.
According to IOM, voluntary return should always be the preferred mode of return, as it is the most sustainable alternative in view of the reintegration of migrants.
Read more about our work with voluntary return here.