The project

The project “Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme in Finland” (VARRP-FIN) was launched 1.1.2013 (the project is referred to as VAPPS in Finnish language). The project functions as a continuation of the previous project “Developing Assisted Voluntary Return in Finland (DAVRiF)”. The VARRP-FIN project is implemented by IOM Helsinki, with funding from the European Return Fund and the Finnish Immigration Service.
The aim of the VARRP-FIN project is to consolidate the return activities developed during the previous project to a permanent return framework, and to avoid interruptions in the AVRR services provided in Finland. The project provides AVRR support and counselling on return and reintegration.

The project promotes equality in the return activities as well as further development of the Assisted Voluntary Return framework. Special focus is put on sustainable return and reintegration, follow-up and comprehensive information measures.

IOM Helsinki is the coordinator of the project and as such responsible for the implementation of all activities. The work is, however, carried out in close coordination with the Finnish Immigration Service and other partners.

The VARRP-FIN project is planned to last for two years, until the legislation on a national Assisted Voluntary Return framework has possibly entered into force and until the end of the current programme period of the European Return Fund. The project will be implemented in the following phases:

  • 1st phase: 1 January 2013 – 28 February 2014
  • 2nd phase: 1 March 2014 – 30 June 2015


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