Wisdom of Life

Assisted Voluntary Return


TIMELINE: 2010-2017 (Renewed yearly)

Immigration or migration, by itself, being a complex web of multiple perspective, requires nuanced interventions to enable people to have a safe lives where they move to and even safe rerun if voluntarily desired. Moreover, as recognized under Sustainable Development Goal 10, social and income inequality are global problems that requires global solutions, and facilitating the safe migration and mobility of people is also key to bridging the widening divide (UNDP). Caritas India, since late 1990s, has been efficiently working to address unsafe migration and Human Trafficking. Through AVR, Caritas India provides reintegration support to the returnee and enables them to have dignified lives through a network of charitable organization working for the refugees and asylum seekers around the world.

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  • The programme has reunited irregular migrants with their families and renewed their hopes for better lives through financial support of the reintegration package. 534 single returnees and 82 families from the United Kingdom; 25 single returnees from Belgium; 8 single returnees from Germany; and 3 single returnees from Cyprus have been reintegrated in the country.
  • Psychological support during the post reintegration period has enabled the returnees to adapt constructively to the changed societal settings and overcome challenges with positive disposition.
  • Capacity building trainings on livelihood opportunities and vocational training for the returnees has created a better scope for them to enhance their livelihood option.
  • Increasedthe awareness on consequences and practices of illegal migration that exposes their lives to a host of unforeseen issues.