Assisted Voluntary Return to Country of Origin

Assisted Voluntary Return to Country of Origin

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Assisted Voluntary Return to Country of Origin

What is it?

Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) is a programme that allows a person to return, voluntarily and consciously, to their country of origin under secure circumstances. 

Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) is a measure executed by the Italian Government in favour of non-EU citizens, through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). 

In Italy, there are several assisted voluntary return programmes in place. 

Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes


Who is it for? 

The programme is for the for the following types of immigrants: 

  • vulnerable individuals, in accordance with Immigration Legislation, article 19, clause 2 - bis (for example, disabled persons, single mothers with children, elderly people, persons with serious physical/mental health problems, persons of no fixed abode);
  • victims of human trafficking, individuals affected by serious illness, international protection applicants and persons under international and humanitarian protection;
  • foreign national citizens who no longer meet the requirements for residence permit renewal; 
  • foreign national citizens, already subjected to deportation measures or repatriation, in accordance with Immigration Legislation, article 10, clause 2; detainees in identification / deportation centres, in accordance with Immigration Legislation, article 14, clause 1;
  • foreign national citizens, already subjected to deportation measures, to whom a time of stay has been granted prior to voluntary departure, in accordance with Immigration Legislation, article 13, clause 5.

The following persons are not eligible: 

  • EU citizens
  • holders of the EU long term residence permit.

 

How to implement AVR?

Assisted Voluntary Return means the organisation and payment of the return journey, support in social and employment re-integration and assistance in availing of services and benefits.  The programme is carried out on an individual basis and always as a response to the immigrant's voluntary request. 

The implementation of these programmes has various phases:  recommendation and case evaluation, preparation of an individual project that takes into account the immigrant's capabilities and expectations, the support to implement the project in the country of origin. 

Last update: lunedì 31 ottobre 2016
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