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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 2019
Nigeriens 126 301 634 1419 276
Other nationalites 1,595 4,788 6,461 14,977 4,553
Total 1 721 5 089 7 095 16 396 4 829

 

Returns by country

Country Returns 2015 Returns 2016 Returns 2017 Returns 2018 Returns 2019
Bénin 9 25 46 132 232
Burkina faso 89 108 117 389 187
Burundi 0 0 1 0 1
Cameroun 92 376 507 1244 246
Central Africa 0 0 0 13 17
Congo Brazaville 0 0 0 3 0
Ivory Coast 32 342 365 1023 316
Ethiopie 0 0 0 1 0
Gabon 0 0 0 1 0
Gambia 168 391 495 328 103
Ghana 14 38 83 101 33
Guinea Bissau 78 425 413 204 61
Guinea Conakry 51 1138 1393 4378 1002
Jamaique 0 0 1 0 0
Liberia 19 97 283 853 94
Mali 342 333 549 3925 1536
Mauritanie 1 2 3 1 1
Niger 126 301 634 1419 276
Nigeria 52 133 561 624 206
Sénégal 474 1303 1481 1018 235
Sierra leone 8 45 111 536 204
Soudan 6 0 0 62 9
Chad 155 17 16 51 24
Togo 5 12 28 64 23
Pakistan 0 0 0 2 4
Bangladesh 0 0 0 0 4
Congo RDC 0 2 4 0 9
Namibia 0 0 0 0 1
Comores 0 0 0 0 3
Somalia 0 0 0 0 1
Sri lanka 0 0 0 0 1
Total 1 721 5 089 7 095 16 396 4 829

 

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