IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) unit assists and facilitates the voluntary return of Sri Lankans who fall into the categories of failed asylum seekers, irregular migrants and stranded migrants from Africa, Asia, Europe and en-route countries to Europe with return and reintegration support.
Services provided during pre-departure return support include:
a) pre-departure medical examinations
b) arrangement of travel documents
c) telephone contacts with returned Sri Lankans
d) airline tickets to Sri Lanka
e) assistance at the airport with the coordination of immigration authorities
f) special travel assistance including medical escorts
g) transit visas and transit assistance
h) return allowance
Post-arrival reintegration support includes:
a) individual meetings/counseling sessions with returnees
b) orientation programmes and project information dissemination sessions
c) business development training workshops
d) assistance to set up small businesses or engage in vocational and educational training programmes
e) links to saving, credit and mutual assistance programmes
f) safe migration awareness & host community infrastructure development activities
See the AVRR Project Overview 2014 for a complete list of projects.
Community Response Map (CRM)
CRM is a two-way communications and behaviour change campaign which has been developed in Sri Lanka to alert migrant-sending communities to the dangers of irregular migration and smuggling. Presently, the project seeks to expand the current information campaign strategy is to facilitate and track increased two-way communications with target constituencies through the use of an online coordinated and systematic feedback mechanism -- CRM. The integration of a coordinated and systematic feedback component in the information campaign will allow the project to measure the impact, geographical reach and gaps in coverage of outreach activities to targeted communities. The platform also measures comprehension of key messages across time and by location. This provides invaluable ongoing guidance to the project manager and additionally provides a key M&E indicator of the activities.
Within the framework of the West Africa Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Project, a targeted information campaign has been launched in Sri Lanka to alert migrant-sending communities to the dangers of irregular migration and smuggling. Community Response Map allows the project to measure the impact, geographical reach and gaps in coverage of outreach activities to targeted communities. The online platform also measures comprehension of key messages across time and by location and allows for follow-up surveys to key constituents on issues of safe migration
See the CRM Flyer to get a better understanding of the project.
For more information, see the CRM website: http://srilanka.communityresponsemap.org/sri-lanka
Community Based Reintegration Programs through AVRR have supported more than 40 CBR projects in the Northern, Eastern and Southern Provinces. This initiative is to mainly provide support for small scale productive infrastructure development.
ERIN is a joint return and reintegration project that runs from February 2015 to end of May 2016 and aims to implement sustainable return and reintegration of third country nationals in their country of origin, with enhanced cooperation between Member States. The ERIN project is funded by the European Commission (EU European Return Funds - Community Actions 2013) and co-funded by the participating EU Partner States. The reintegration assistance packages are fully defined and funded by the participating European Partner Institutions who also determine applicant’s eligibility.
IOM Sri Lanka provided arrival and reintegration support to the eligible returnees and liaises with the European Partner Institutions directly as the selected service provider for ERIN in Sri Lanka.
Please refer to the ERIN IOM website for more details on ERIN.
Since the start of GAIM Phase IV in December 2015, there have been reports of 33 migrants stranded in 16 countries after their attempts to migrate to Canada through irregular means had failed. Most of the migrants who call the hotline explain they are in debt after paying huge sums of money to migrant agents promising their safe arrival to Canada. Through the hotline which it operates, IOM Sri Lanka has also gained valuable information regarding the various methods of irregular migration being used, new transit locations used by smugglers, and the reasons why individuals want to flee their homeland. Since the implementation of GAIM Phase IV, the information gathered from the hotline service has assisted with the safe return of 9 Sri Lankan migrants stranded in Cameroon, Togo, Mali and Burkina Faso.