Since 1979, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has implemented Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programs around the world. These programs have assisted over 1.5 million people.

Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration is an indispensable part of a comprehensive approach to migration management aiming at orderly and humane return and reintegration of migrants who are unable or unwilling to remain in host or transit countries and wish to return voluntarily to their countries of origin.

The successful implementation of AVRR programmes requires the cooperation and participation of a broad range of actors, including the migrants, civil society and the governments in both host and transit countries and countries of origin.

The Regional Migration Program works to build the capacities of countries in Central America and Mexico, regarding migration governance, including return. Below is a summary of the activities implemented so far:

  • Assisted Voluntary Return Program for migrants in transit (2018-2019)
  • Regional Guide on best practices and available national and regional assisted voluntary return programs (2018)
  • Technical assistance for States in order to improve national procedures for assisted voluntary return (continuous)
  • Direct Assistance and Voluntary Return Program for Vulnerable Migrants in the region (2010-2018)

 

AVR Program for Migrants in Transit

 

This program supports migrants in trasnit from Central America who for various reasons are unable to remain in host or transit countries and wish to return to their countries of origin and/or residence.. This program benefits people of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras who are stranded in Guatemala or Mexico.

Beneficiaries can receive land transportation to the capital of their country of origin, medical examinations if needed, food and kits during their travels, and assistance communicating with family members, among other forms of assistance.

IOM has developed this program in order to protect migrant populations and offer them a way to return to their homes that is dignified, safe, regular, and humane.

 

More information on the Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) Program




Assisted Voluntary Return Program Report - September 12/2019

Since November 4th, 2018, IOM has provided Voluntary Return Assistance to migrants in transit from Central American in Mexico and Guatemala. Up to September 12th, IOM has provided Voluntary Return Assistance to 1905 people, 107 of which are unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents.





Assisted Voluntary Return Program Report - September 05/2019

Since November 4th, 2018, IOM has provided Voluntary Return Assistance to migrants in transit from Central American in Mexico and Guatemala. Up to September 5th, IOM has provided Voluntary Return Assistance to 1873 people, 107 of which are unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents.

 





Assisted Voluntary Return Program Report - August 29/2019

Since November 4th, 2018, IOM has provided Voluntary Return Assistance to migrants in transit from Central American in Mexico and Guatemala. At August 29st IOM has provided Voluntary Return Assistance to 1851 people, 107 of which are unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents.





Voluntary Return Assisted to migrants in transit

Since October 2018, thousands of Central American migrants transit through Mexico and Guatemala. Given the risks of irregular migration, many people required to return to their countries of origin and did not have the means to do so. In this context, IOM implemented the Assisted Voluntary Return program, which has assisted around 1800 people.





Assisted Voluntary Return Program Report - August 2019

Since November 4th, 2018, IOM has provided voluntary return to migrants in transit from Central American in Mexico and Guatemala.





Assisted Voluntary Return Program Report - July 2019

IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return Program aims to achieve the voluntary, orderly and humane return of migrants who can not or do not want to stay in their countries of transit or destination and wish to return voluntarily to their country of origin. Since November 4th, 2018, IOM has provided voluntary return assistance to 1791 people, 107 of which are unaccompanied migrant children and adolescent. 





Assisted Voluntary Return Program Report - June 2019

IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return Program aims to achieve the voluntary, orderly and humane return of migrants who can not or do not want to stay in their countries of transit or destination and wish to return voluntarily to their country of origin.  Since November 4th, 2018, IOM has provided voluntary return assistance to 1614 people, 66 of which are unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents.





Assisted Voluntary Return Program Report - May 2019

IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return Program aims to achieve the voluntary, orderly and humane return of migrants who can not or do not want to stay in their countries of transit or destination and wish to return voluntarily to their country of origin.  Since November 4th, 2018, IOM has provided voluntary return assistance to 1406 people, 66 of which are unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents.