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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 2018
Nigeriens 126 301 634 1,419
Other nationalites 1,595 4,788 6,461 14,977
Total 1 721 5 089 7 095 16 396

 

Returns by country

Country Returns 2015 Returns 2016 Returns 2017 Returns 2018
Guinea Conakry 51 1138 1393 4378
Senegal 474 1303

1481

1018
Cameroun 92 376 507 1244
Mali 342 333 549 3925
Guinea Bissau 78 425 413 197
Gambia 168 391 495 308
Ivory Coast 32 342 365 1023
Burkina faso 89 108 117 348
Liberia 19 97 283 853
Nigeria 52 133 561 624
Niger 126 301 634 1419
Benin 9 25 46 132
Chad 155 17 16 51
Sierra leone 8 45 111 536
Ghana 14 38 83 101
Togo 5 12 28 61
Mauritanie 1 2 3 1
Congo 0 1 1 24
RDC 0 2 4 0
Soudan 6 0 0 62
Central Africa 0 0 0 13
Jamaique 0 0 1 0
Burundi 0 0 1 0
Ethiopie 0 0 0 1
Gabon 0 0 0 1
Pakistan 0 0 0 2
Congo Brazaville 0 0 0 3
Total 1721 5089 7095 16 396

 

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