Almost 300 persons have returned with IOM this year

AVRR, Return, avustettu vapaaehtoinen paluu, Vapaaehtoinen paluu

From the beginning of the year 290 persons have returned to their countries of origin through IOM's Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration -programme. The majority, 231 persons, have returned to Iraq, but there have been returns to a total of 18 countries.

Georgia and the Russian Federation are the second and third biggest countries of return.

In March 2018 a total of 93 persons returned with the assistance of IOM Finland. It is a lower number compared to the year before.

Ot the 290 persons who have returned two have been victims of trafficking and one has been an unaccompanied minor (under 19 years). Nine cases have been so called aged-out-minors, persons who have arrived as minors but are now between 18 and 21 years of age.

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. 

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