European Return and Reintegration Network (ERRIN)

Objective: ERRIN is a Member States-driven initiative facilitating return and reintegration through joint, knowledge-driven and innovative solutions, contributing to a common European approach.



Summary: ERRIN has a broad scope. It caters for a wide range of needs, covering the entire return process from pre-return to post-arrival in 34 countries around the world (to date). It acts as an ‘innovation hub’ for members to improve practices and efficiency of delivery. 

Key activities:

Enable post-arrival and reintegration assistance after (voluntary and forced) return through a network of local service providers and partners

Provide solutions that facilitate the return and reintegration of vulnerable persons

Facilitate exchange to develop tools to improve pre-departure counselling

Explore innovative approaches to reintegration and evidence-based project development and implementation

Invest in knowledge to improve understanding of return dynamics


Donors: ERRIN is funded through the EU’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF-Specific Actions) ) with a budget of €28.6 million; the programme will continue until June 2022.  The Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands (Repatriation and Departure Service-R&DS) manages this budget on behalf of DG HOME. Co-funding (10%) is provided by the members based on equal share of costs.



Implementing Agency: ICMPD is the implementing partner of the programme, providing expertise and administrative support. ERRIN activities are coordinated by the Brussels-based central Programme Management Unit (PMU). The European Partner Institutions (EPIs) together with the European Commission and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (EBCGA/FRONTEX) drive the agenda and priorities. Each Member State is represented in the Management Board and Operational Committee of ERRIN. The European Commission and FRONTEX are also members.



Duration: 1 January 2018 – 30 June 2022. After the initial timeframe of 48 months, a range of ERRIN activities will be transferred to FRONTEX. 

Countries: 15 EU Member States and Schengen-associated countries , participate in the ERRIN consortium, with membership open to any EU or Schengen-associated country. 


[1] Austria; Belgium; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Luxembourg; Malta; The Netherlands; Norway; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom