Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR)

Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) is one of the core support activities provided by IOM to migrants and Memeber States and is likely to increase in the years to come in both volumes and complexity. Top 10 host countries in 2015 represented 85 % of total, with Germany representing more than half of the total. It is worth mentioning that the AMIF (Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund) gap has impacted the number of returns from EU Member States in 2015. IOM works to stengthen cooperation with its UN partners in the area of human trafficking as a member of the Inter-agency Coordination group against Trafficking in Person (ICAT). AVRR includes the administrative, logistical and financial support provided to migrants unable or unwilling to remain in the host country who volunteer to return to their countries of origin and, where possible, supported with reintegration measures.


The purpose of this project is to facilitate the voluntary return of irregular migrants standed in Bosnia and Herzegovina to their respective countries of origin. The project will assist migrants to return their home countries in a safe and dignified manner. Furthermore, as BiH continues to develop its capacities in migration management, this project will incorporate new activities to that end. In order to strengthen the BiH Government ownerhip over the irregular migration management, as well as to ensure over the time and as feasible progressive funding of the AVR activitiesm, the project will set up a Steering Board composed of the Ministry of Security, SDC and eventually other AVR doors, with IOM acting as a secretary of the Steering Board.


The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the return mechanism and support voluntary return of irregular migrants standed in BiH thereby contributing to the prevention of onward irregular migration management in general.