49 returnees in April, total of 339 returnees in 2018

AVRR, Return, avustettu vapaaehtoinen paluu, Vapaaehtoinen paluu

In April 2018 a total of 49 persons returned with the assistance of IOM Finland. It is a lower number compared to the year before.

Overall this year 339 migrants have returned to their countries of origin through IOM's Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration -programme. Among the returned four have been victims of trafficking, two more cases in April. Of the total number of returnees (339), 83% have been adult (male 71%, female 12% ). In total of the returnees there have been 58 children. 68% of the returnees have travelled alone and 32% as a couple or family.

The majority have returned to Iraq (35 in April), but there have been returns to a total of 20 countries. Georgia and the Russian Federation are the second and third biggest countries of return.

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 are given in-kind-support like training.

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: iom.fi/en/avrr

For more information please contact IOM Finland:

Phone +358 (0)9 684 1150 or e-mail: iomhelsinki@iom.int

Media inquiries: +358 (0)9 684 11503 or mediaiomhelsinki@iom.int