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07 Nov 2015

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

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.

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