ERRIN has been actively working on developing a pilot project on money cards to ensure that returnees are fully supported and have the necessary means to thrive in the most challenging contexts.
European countries have traditionally provided in kind assistance to returnees via a service partner in the respective country of return. However, this system has some limitations that have become particularly visible during the coronavirus pandemic.
Through developing a reliable system of money cards, ERRIN aims to empower its beneficiaries, make them less dependent on external actors and provide them with more ownership of their reintegration journey.
Prepaid money cards will be delivered to the returnees in Europe prior to their departure to the country of return. Cards will only be activated once the person has arrived in their home country, and can only be used by the returnee in this respective country. The amounts will be defined by the Member States themselves according to their national policy, and will be paid by the respective Member State where the person returned from. The payment of these amounts to the service provider will be channeled via ERRIN to the respective service partner.
Take a look at the project info sheet to learn more.