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Project News: ICMPD supports Turkey with a new voluntary return and reintegration programme

12 July 2019


ICMPD organised a roundtable discussion among Turkish institutions and European Return and Reintegration Network (ERRIN) on 08 - 09 July 2019 in Istanbul where the establishment of a new National Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme was discussed.

During the roundtable, participants from the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM), the Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay), the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were presented a number of best practice examples in the sphere of national assisted voluntary return and reintegration. 

The shared examples concerned the National Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme of France, the EU’s policy trends in the field of AVR and Reintegration. Further, ERRIN was broadly introduced, including its functioning and the scope of activities, institutional set-up, management structure, membership and observatory status, funding mechanism it’s cooperation with partner organisations and with countries of origin. 

The roundtable also included discussions on possible cooperation of DGMM with ERRIN as well as explored the possible role of the Turkish partner organisations in the reintegration programme. 

The participants discussed on a roadmap for the future and next steps to be taken in view of the establishment of Turkey’s National AVR and the development of a Reintegration Mechanism, where ICMPD and ERRIN assured their support and further cooperation for establishment of the latter mechanism.

The roundtable  was organised under ICMPD’s SUPREME - TR project “Strengthening Utilization of Additional Policies and Measures for Reinforcing Migration Management in Turkey”, which is funded by the United Kingdom and aims at further strengthening migration management in Turkey in a complementary manner in order to cover all indispensable elements of the fully-fledged work in this area. The project is focusing on strengthening the development of policies and operational strategies, enhancing cooperation with countries of origin, supporting the well-functioning of the national assisted voluntary return operations and exploring possibilities for introducing reintegration policies and programmes.

 

More information on the SUPREME - TR project can be found here