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Assisted Voluntary Return

Assisted voluntary return (AVR) is an activity that is part of the global approach to migration management promoted by IOM. AVR programs provide vital assistance to thousands of migrants who voluntarily wish to return to their home  country each year. 

The IOM Niger mission has been implementing AVR  activities since its inception in 2006, however the number of returns tripled between 2015 and 2016 largely due to IOM’s  outreach  efforts.  At  the  crossroads  of  migratory  flows,  a  large  number  of  migrants  from  third countries find themselves in distress in Niger, often without resources  or  the possibility of returning to their country.

IOM  assists  all  migrants,  Nigeriens  and  third-country  nationals  who  wish  to  return  home.  Besides temporary  accommodation  in  the  transit  centers,  this  support  includes  liaison  with  consulates  and Embassies to secure  travel documents and  the  logistics  of travel to migrants’ communities of origin. This is  done  via  land or  by  plane  depending  on  the  country  of origin  and  the  specific  vulnerability of  each beneficiary. A medical check-up  is carried out before every departure and pocket money  for  expenses is provided to migrants in order to ensure a dignified journey home.

 

TOTAL NUMBER OF MIGRANTS ASSISTED WITH AVR

2015 2016 2017
Men 1 403 4 669 3 924
Women 154 261 281
Boys 92 106 215
Girls 72 53 99
Total 1 721 5 089 4 519

 

 

 

Returns by country

Country Returns 2015 Returns 2016 Returns 2017
Guinea Conakry 51 1138 586
Senegal 474 1303 1201
Cameroon 92 376 360
Mali 342 333 214
Guinea Bissau 78 425 339
Gambia 168 391 408
Cote d'Ivoire 32 342 208
Burkina Faso 89 108 63
Liberia 19 97 137
Nigeria 52 133 450
Niger 126 301 340
Benin 9 25 24
Chad 155 17 9
Sierra Leone 8 45 83
Ghana 14 38 69
Togo 5 12 17
Mauritania 1 2 3
Congo 0 1 1
RDC 0 2 2
Soudan 6 0 0
Centrafique 0 0 2
Jamaique 0 0 1
Burundi 0 0 1
Total 1 721 5 089 4 519

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