MRS No. 4 - The Return and Reintegration of Rejected Asylum Seekers and Irregular Migrants

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There is a new willingness in a growing number of European countries to adopt a more innovative approach to returning rejected asylum-seekers and irregular migrants, through trying more explicitly to link return with reintegration and development assistance. Some countries, such as France, the Netherlands and Switzerland, are already piloting such policies; others, such as Denmark, Sweden and the UK, have shown a new willingness at least to contemplate them.

This report compares the experiences of a selection of existing assisted return programmes for rejected asylum-seekers and irregular migrants, and draws lessons from them for future programmes. Specifically, the report focuses on three aspects: programme implementation, the targeting of assistance, and evaluation. In each case it analyses the experiences of existing programmes, and then makes recommendations for best practice in the future.

Table of contents: 
  • Background and Context
  • Programme Overviews
  • Programme Implementation
  • Targeting Assistance
  • Evaluation Criteria
  • Priority Areas for Future Research
  • Future Policy Issues