MT/2015/AMIF/1.01 RESTART VI: Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration in the Country of Origin

'Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration in the Country of Origin - RESTART VI', part-financed by the European Union (EU) under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) 2014-2020 (75%) and by the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security (MHAS) of Malta (25%), is a continuation of five consecutive Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration projects implemented in Malta by IOM, in cooperation with the MHAS, since 2009. To date, over 340 persons have been assisted to return from Malta, mostly to sub-Saharan African and Asian countries.

The project aims at further supporting the Government of Malta in the development of an integrated, harmonized and sustainable return policy, by providing the possibility of assisted voluntary return and reintegration in countries of origin to third-country (non-EU nationals) who often find themselves in difficult situations. 

The four-and-a-half year RESTART VI project started on 1 July 2016 and will continue until 31 March 2021. It provides tailor-made assisted voluntary return and reintegration schemes to up to 170 third-country nationals, including persons in situations of vulnerability, who belong to the target group and who express their free will to return to their respective countries of origin. 

IOM Malta’s activities within the framework of RESTART VI address all stages of the voluntary return process and consist of outreach, information dissemination, counselling, pre-departure assistance (travel arrangements, including facilitation of issuance of travel documents, purchase of flight tickets, arrangement of transit and arrival assistance and medical escorts, if needed), departure assistance, and provision of tailor-made reintegration packages to support returnees’ re-establishment in their countries of origin. Whenever feasible, reintegration monitoring is also carried out.  

The reintegration grant for returnees under the project is EUR 4,000 per person. EUR 200 is given to returnees in Malta, as a pre-departure cash allowance to cover their primary needs during and/or immediately after return. The remaining amount of EUR 3,800 is provided as an in-kind reintegration grant after return to the country of origin. The reintegration options available to returnees are wide and range from small business set-up to vocational training to assistance with medical and/or other special needs.