Return Migration: EMN Synthesis Report

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This EMN synthesis report summarises and compares, within a European perspective, the findings from eleven National Contact Points (Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom) of the European Migration Network (EMN), on the policy and practice of return migration.

The main objectives of this study, in the context of its objective to support policy and decision making, were to reach a better informed understanding of the different State approaches toward dealing with more detailed and up to date knowledge about return policies; and to develop, to the extent possible, comparable and reliable data on return measure and programmes. This report highlights that there is general agreement that (assisted) voluntary return is the preferred option for both Member State and returnee, particularly if it includes reintegration support in the country of origin.

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Author(s):European Migration Network
Publisher:Directorate General Justice, Freedom and Security
Publication Date:01 May 2007
Geographic Focus:European Union
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