Who we are
Context and challenges
Ensuring that migrants can return to their home countries in a dignified, humane and sustainable manner is a key part of EU efforts to manage migration. However, it is operationally challenging. Many aspects cannot be addressed effectively on a national level. That is why EU-wide collaboration is needed to improve both return processes, and quality of support offered to returning migrants.
In a nutshell, ERRIN seeks to strengthen cooperation between migration authorities, with the aim of:
- enabling and improving reintegration through joint contracting of service partners in the countries of return
- serving as an ‘innovation hub’ for members to improve practices, share learning and pilot new approaches to return and reintegration
- investing in knowledge to improve understanding of return dynamics
We contribute to a common European approach on return and reintegration of migrants, leading to more effective and efficient programmes, and ultimately, ensuring better future perspectives for returnees.
To achieve this vision, our mission is two-fold: to facilitate cooperation and knowledge exchange between migration authorities, institutional and operational partners, both in Europe and with the countries of return, and: to develop and implement innovative solutions to shared return and reintegration challenges.
ERRIN Member States – European Partner Institutions
Sixteen European countries currently participate in ERRIN, with membership open to any EU Member State or Schengen-associated country.
|Austria||Federal Ministry of Interior||View website|
|Belgium||Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers||View website|
|Federal Immigration Office||View website|
|Denmark||Ministry of Immigration and Integration||View website|
|Finland||Finnish Immigration Service||View website|
|France||Ministry of Interior||View website|
|Office for Immigration and Integration||View website|
|Germany||Federal Ministry of Interior, Building and Community||View website|
|Federal Office for Migration and Refugees||View website|
|Greece||Ministry of Citizen Protection||View website|
|Italy||Italian National Police||View website|
|Luxembourg||Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs||View website|
|Malta||Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security||View website|
|Netherlands||Ministry of Justice and Security - Repatriation and Departure Service||View website|
|Norway||Norwegian Directorate of Immigration||View website|
|Spain||Ministry of Labour, Migrations and Social Security - Department of Migration||View website|
|Slovenia||Slovenian Police, Ministry of the Interior||View website|
|Sweden||Swedish Migration Agency||View website|
|Switzerland||State Secretariat for Migration||View website|
ERRIN Programme Management Unit
Activities are coordinated by the Brussels-based Programme Management Unit (PMU). The ERRIN team is led by Senior Programme Manager, Ruben Laurijssens, and is comprised of multinational dedicated professionals with a wealth of experience from national governments, EU institutions and other international organisations, NGOs and fieldwork in the countries where ERRIN is active and beyond.
The European Commission and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (EBCGA / FRONTEX) constitute the Management Board along with the European Partner Institutions (EPIs). The Board drives the agenda and sets priorities. The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) provides expertise and administrative support as implementing partner. The Armenian representation of ICMPD is also implementing the ERRIN-Armenia Gov2Gov project.
European CommissionView website
Service Partners - Countries of Return
The ERRIN network is working with the French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII), the network of European Reintegration Support Organisations (ERSO) and four organisations that qualified as service partners to offer reintegration assistance for returning migrants, in currently 36 countries. Caritas International Belgium and IRARA additionally partner with a number of local partners to deliver services in selected countries. Read more on our 'Where we work' page.
Caritas International Belgium (CIB)
Caritas International Belgium is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to contribute to a humane and dignified return of migrants.Read more View website
EB projektmanagment GmbH
EB projektmanagment GmbH (EB) is an Austrian consulting organisation established in 2004. Together with the Life Makers Foundation, EB assists Egyptian returnees within the framework of the ERRIN programme.Read more View website
ERSO – European Reintegration Support Organisations
Caritas International Belgium is a member of ERSO and an implementing parter for ERRIN-ERSO contracts.Read more View website
European Technology and Training Center (ETTC)
The European Technology and Training Centre (ETTC) specialises in capacity building, reintegration and humanitarian action.Read more View website
International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
The Armenian representation of ICMPD is implementing the ERRIN-Armenia Government-to-Government project.Read more View website
IRARA is committed to helping individuals and families successfully repatriate to their home countries.Read more View website
OFII – Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration
ERRIN works with OFII to provide a more harmonised alternative to the traditional model of having one generic reintegration service partner.Read more View website
SOS Children’s Villages Albania
SOS Children's Villages Albania support reintegration of minors returning from the ERRIN Member States.Read more View website
Women Empowerment Literacy and Development Organisation (WELDO)
WELDO is a not-for-profit organisation founded in Pakistan in 2003, active in the field return and reintegration projects.Read more View website