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Project News: Signing Ceremony of the National Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) Cooperation Protocol in Ankara

4 September 2020

On the 2nd of September 2020, the Signing Ceremony of the National AVR Cooperation Protocol has taken place between the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM), the Turkish Red Crescent (TÜRK KIZILAY), the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

The signature of said protocol -- which lays down the general framework of the cooperation between the key national partners -- is an important milestone for migration management in Turkey and particularly the establishment of the Assisted Voluntary Return system in Turkey. 

The Cooperation Protocol was preceded by a Letter of Intent signed between the concerned parties in June 2019 and will be followed by the finalisation of the National AVR Regulation; with which the national regulatory framework as to AVR will become complete. 

This event is also a significant step in the implementation of the SUPREME Project, which project will continue providing support to the beneficiary, the DGMM, for establishing the national system and initiating an operational pilot to a priority country of origin.