Beyond the core activity of facilitating post-arrival support (‘reintegration assistance’) to returnees, ERRIN offers hub for collaboration on issues of mutual interest. One key topic is that of improving linkages between reintegration support and existing development programmes.
As a first step, within the framework of the ERRIN Working Group on Reintegration and Development, the ERRIN Programme Management Unit (PMU) had launched a survey to map existing initiatives and explore potential for synergies between reintegration assistance and development aid in the different ERRIN Member States. Over the long-term, the aim is to avoid duplication and respond to local needs, and ultimately, ensure a more sustainable return for migrants in their countries of origin.
Approximately thirty interviews were conducted with both development agencies and the national partner institutions or agencies dealing with return of migrants in all ERRIN Member States. Based on the results of the survey, the Working Group will selected Nigeria and Bangladesh as two first countries to pilot linking ERRIN reintegration support to existing development aid projects.