Ongoing projects

Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration

Migrants who are unable or unwilling to stay in Austria but lack the means to return to their countries of origin can be assisted in their voluntary return.

In the framework of the “General Humanitarian Return Programme”, IOM Austria offers logistical assistance for the voluntary return of migrants in cooperation with non-governmental organizations and public authorities.

In addition, IOM Austria implements a number of projects offering reintegration measures in the returnees’ countries of origin. Assistance has been provided in Afghanistan, Georgia, Moldova, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Russian Federation/the Chechen Republic, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Kosovo* as well as to trafficked persons and unaccompanied minors. Upon request, IOM Austria also provides country of origin information in order to assist migrants in making an informed decision on whether to return.

More information on voluntary return can be provided by legal and return counselling in Austria.


Detailed information on ongoing projects is available below:

► RESTART III - Support for the Austrian Return System and the Reintegration of Voluntary Returnees in Afghanistan

FamA – Family Assessment of unaccompanied migrant children wishing to voluntarily return to their country of origin


*References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).