Programs and projects

The return policy aims to encourage voluntary and sustained repatriation of foreign nationals who are not allowed to remain in the Netherlands. The government subsidizes projects to offer former asylum seekers a new perspective in their country of origin if they return voluntarily.

Many different repatriation projects have been set up in order to encourage foreign nationals to return to their country of origin. These often consist of financial assistance or assistance in kind in the country of origin (for example assistance in setting up a business or education).
The repatriation projects are performed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other (local) non-governmental organizations.

Return assistance and reintegration support

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is responsable for the excecution of the ‘Return and Emigration Assistance from the Netherlands’ (REAN) programme. Via this programme foreign nationals get assistance to realise their departure from the Netherlands. The programme facilitates basic needs for return, like information, (plane) tickets and help to get travel documents. Check the list of eligible nationalities for return assistance and reintegration support.

Extra support

Apart from the assistance from REAN specific groups of foreign aliens can get extra support voor reintegration. This support consists of assistance in kind, for example assistance in setting up a business or education. The repatriation projects are performed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other (local) non-governmental organizations. An overview of repatration projects currently being offered in the Netherlands can be found on the website www.infoterugkeer.nl. The project information is available in Dutch only.