On 21 November, IOM Egypt organized a four-day study visit to the Netherlands for nine senior government officials from Egypt, Sudan and Tunisia to study best practices in Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR).
Participants learned about the referral mechanism between IOM, the Dutch government and public stakeholders in the provision of AVRR to vulnerable and stranded migrants. In addition, strong emphasis was given to the reintegration of migrants in their home countries to support the development and stabilization of their communities.
“Voluntary as well as informed return and reintegration of migrants is a crucial aspect of migration management”, says IOM Egypt Head of Office Amr Taha. “Particularly important is the sustainable reintegration of migrants through economic and social reintegration to diminish the likelihood of repeat irregular migration.”
Bridging the development gap between developing and developed countries is an important step towards curbing irregular migration. While the reintegration of individual migrants in their communities of origin is important, irregular migration would not be prevented without actually improving the quality of life and social welfare of people in the communities of origins,” commented one of the participants.
AVRR is an integral part of the migration and asylum policies, adopted within the European Union, and is regarded as the preferred option of return.
The study visit was made possible with the generous contribution of the United States of America under the IOM project: “Addressing irregular migration flows and upholding human rights of migrants along the north-eastern African migration route and North Africa - NOAH Phase IV.”