Return, Readmission and Reintegration


The Commission in collaboration with its partner has conducted the return of Nigerian emigrants through the instrumentality of the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) program of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The AVRR Programme has been in place in Nigeria since 2002 and seeks to, among other things, offer migrants (regular or irregular) who seek or need to return home but lack the means to do so. The AVRR programme serves as a viable and safe solution to their plight. The Programme has facilitated the return and reintegration of more than 3,000 returnees including irregular and stranded migrants, labor migrants, Survivors of Trafficking (SoTs), unaccompanied and separated minors from more than 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Due to the success of the AVRR program, the commission in collaboration with stakeholders developed a (Standard Operating Procedure) SOP on Return, Readmission and Reintegration. The RRR process is developed from Session 4.3.3 of the National Migration Policy which recognizes the importance of return, re-admission and reintegration of Nigerian migrants and promote the facilitation of their adapting to new life in their home country (Nigeria). The policy document also recognizes the importance of bilateral and multilateral arrangements with the main destination countries and Nigeria in the facilitation of the Return process. The document outlines clear responsibilities and operational boundaries of various actors at every stage of return while ensuring sustainability of the process. It also contains referral/feedback mechanism among the various actors as well as the returnees themselves.

The SOP has been validated and is in the process of becoming operational.

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