In August 2020, IOM Finland assisted 31 beneficiaries to return voluntarily to their countries of origin. In 2020 IOM Finland has assisted a total of 116 beneficiaries to return to their countries of origin. Most beneficiaries have returned to Iraq, Russian Federation, Belarus and Greece.
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.