Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration
Persons whose application for asylum has been rejected, third-country nationals (TCNs) who have found themselves in an irregular situation (who hold an expired visa or an expired residence permit) have an obligation to leave Lithuania. According to the EU and Lithuanian legislation such persons should be granted the opportunity to leave the country voluntarily. However, it often happens that migrants cannot afford to do it on their own. And thus, they might be subject for forced return to their countries of origin. Therefore, the assisted voluntary return is often the only humane and safe opportunity to return to the country of origin for unsuccessful asylum seekers or TCNs who found themselves in an irregular situation. In order to prevent recurring irregular and/or failed migration IOM may provide reintegration assistance, the purpose of which is to help migrants to establish themselves back in their home countries.
International Organization for Migration Vilnius office has been providing assisted voluntary return for more than 16 years. Apart from the main activities - the assisted voluntary return and reintegration programme, IOM Vilnius office also contributes to the capacity building of the practitioners and the development of inter-institutional cooperation among institutions involved in the voluntary return process.
More information available at www.returnhome.lt
The programme is financed by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and from the state budget of the Republic of Lithuania. Project will last from March 2016 until March 2019.