Return counselling (EMN Inform)

This EMN Inform seeks to identify the different policies and approaches for return counselling used by Member States plus Norway as well as by national NGOs and international organisations delivering return counselling.

Counselling is widely recognised as a key component of the return process and a crucial element to assist (irregularly staying) third-country nationals to obtain correct information about their legal possibilities to remain in Europe, as well as their opportunities to return and reintegrate in their country of origin.

Please find below some key findings of the Inform entitled "Policies and practices on return counselling for migrants in EU Member States and Norway":

  • Counselling occurred at different migration stages, although most commonly at the moment of detection of irregular migration and during the return procedure after a return decision is issued.
  • In terms of the return counselling approaches used, some Member States and all NGOs and international organisations adopted a migrantcentred approach.
  • Member States, NGOs and international organisations found it difficult to monitor and measure the effectiveness of return counselling.

This inform is part of a series of three Informs addressing the topic of return counselling. The next two EMN Informs in the series will focus on: the support of return counsellors in their role to provide migrants with timely, unbiased and reliable information on return, and on outreach and information provision for the (voluntary) return of migrants.

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Mon 19 Aug 2019
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