Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration

Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programmes are a core activity of IOM and provide vital assistance worldwide to thousands of migrants every year who seek, or need, to return home but lack the means to do so. Building on many years of experience and a global network of offices and partners, IOM’s AVRR activities range from the preparation of the return journey to the provision of reintegration assistance in the countries of origin. The programmes promote international dialogue and cooperation between host countries and countries of origin.

In Austria, IOM offers logistical return assistance as well as a number of target-group specific reintegration projects.

IOM’s Approach

The successful implementation of AVRR programmes requires the collaboration and participation of a broad range of actors, including migrants, civil society and the governments in both host countries and countries of origin. IOM advocates for the adoption of comprehensive approaches towards voluntary return, including post-return reintegration assistance and monitoring. Safeguarding the dignity and rights of migrants is an important principle in this context. Furthermore, the needs of vulnerable migrants, such as trafficked persons, unaccompanied minors or persons with medical conditions need to be taken into account.

In the framework of projects and programmes, returnees can be supported with activities in destination countries, during transit, and in countries of origin. This can include pre-departure counselling, the organization of the return journey, reception in the country of origin, temporary accommodation after return and reintegration measures, which promote the social and economic independence of the returnees and contribute to the development of their local communities.

The actual availability of services depends on the funding of relevant projects and their project design as well as the structures in place in the countries of return. For information on which services are available in Austria, please see the information on “Ongoing projects” below.

The video “A return with dignity, an opportunity back home” provides an easy to understand insight into the process of AVRR.



Quarterly Newsletter of the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Unit

Annual Statistics on Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration from Austria

Legal and Return Counselling in Austria

Reintegration Handbook: Practical guidance on the design, implementation and monitoring of reintegration assistance 

IOM Handbook on Protection and Assistance to Migrants Vulnerable to Violence, Exploitation and Abuse 

Towards an INTEGRATED APPROACH TO REINTEGRATION in the context of return 

A Framework for Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration 



Edith Vasilyev
Phone: +43 (0) 1 585 33 22 35


► Ongoing projects

► Completed projects