International Organization for Migration (IOM)

 IOM 2012 Poster

Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration: Know your options

Why IOM?

IOM is an international organization working on behalf of migrants. Since our establishment in 1951 we have worked to promote the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration:

IOM assists asylum seekers and migrants who are thinking about, or have decided to return to their country of origin but lack the financial means or documentation to do independently. Our voluntary return program is a confidential service, providing individuals with free door- to- door support and advice.

How can IOM help?

Once you application has been approved IOM can assist you in obtaining the necessary travel documentation, in purchasing your airline ticket and if you wish can arrange for transit and arrival assistance once you have reached your final destination.

What are the benefits of IOM assistance?

When travelling with IOM, you travel in the same way as any other passenger (independently and without an escort). The reasons for your stay in Ireland will remain confidential and are not shared with anybody in your country of origin. Your passport will not be stamped when leaving the country, allowing you to apply to re-enter Ireland for work or study purposes with the relevant visa at any time in the future.

Does IOM help individuals who have returned to their country of origin?

Following your return home, IOM offers a reintegration program for all those interested. This reintegration program is a small fund available to help migrants get started during their first two months of return. The grant can be used to start up a small business, receive professional training or for education purposes.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone, email or just drop by our office:

116 Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2
Freephone: 1800 406 406

or alternatively download an application form (Available in 8 languages) from IOM's websitehere.