Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
Sustainable Reintegration of Returning Migrants
A Better Homecoming
For many OECD countries, how to ensure the safe and dignified return to their origin
countries of migrants who do not have grounds to remain is a key question. Alongside
removal, return and reintegration assistance have become an integral part of the response.
Development cooperation is expanding its activity to support the capacity of countries
of origin to reintegrate all returning migrants.
Sustainable Reintegration of Returning Migrants: A Better Homecoming reports the results
of a multi-country peer review project carried out by the OECD, with support from
the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal
Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It examines factors that
can help improve the sustainability of reintegration at the individual level and at
the programme level in countries of destination and origin. The report examines how
casework and community-based programmes can increase uptake and improve outcomes.
It identifies key elements of an effective individual reintegration programme, including
outreach and counselling, case management and referral, and partnerships. The report
makes proposals about how to improve programme design, evaluation, and monitoring,
indicating areas where countries could co-operate more in implementation of programmes
and in coordination with origin countries.
The OECD has published a brief What improves the sustainability of the reintegration component in AVRR? that summarises the key finding of the first OECD multi country peer review of reintegration assistance, including Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration programmes (AVRR), in 8 destination countries and 3 origin countries. The review looks at the conditions under which these programmes can not only support the sustainable reintegration of individual returning migrants but satisfy broader policy goals affecting host and origin communities.