ERRIN (European Return and Reintegration Network) is a joint return and reintegration programme run by several European partner countries and lead by the Netherlands.

ERRIN is a joint return and reintegration programme of several European partner countries. It is managed by the Netherlands and financed by the European Union. The programme deepens direct exchanges with third countries on bilateral measures in the area of return and reintegration.

**Objectives of the programme**
• Individual support after voluntary return or forced return/repatriation to the country of origin or a third hosting country through a network of local service providers and partners
• Facilitation of the return and reintegration of vulnerable migrants
• Development and implementation of innovative solutions in the field of return and reintegration
• Development of methods to improve counselling before return
• Cooperation with third countries to facilitate return and reintegration
• Gaining and sharing insights to further develop the programme

Third-country nationals who require reintegration assistance in their country of origin following voluntary return or forced return/repatriation from Germany, may apply for assistance through the ERRIN programme. Support is currently available in the following countries:
Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, DR Congo, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Conakry (for voluntary returnees only), India, Iraq, Cameroon, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Morocco, Mongolia, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Russian Federation, Senegal (for voluntary returnees only), Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Togo, Ukraine

Important Notifications

Armenia: Change of funding conditions as of March 1st, 2021 for ERRIN Armenia. The funding rates will be aligned with the other ERRIN countries. In addition, it is now necessary to submit a separate ERRIN application for each adult child who is traveling with you.

Kyrgyzstan: Due to the current political situation in Kyrgyzstan there may be delays in the implementation of reintegration support. It is recommended that you first contact the service provider by e-mail or telephone before making personal contact.

Nigeria: Please note that in view of the current situation in Nigeria, there may be delays in the implementation of reintegration support.

Ukraine: Unfortunately, people who entered Germany after the visa liberalization (June 10, 2017) and are returning to Ukraine can no longer be considered for ERRIN assistance.

Due to the Covid-19 spread (Corona), a face-to-face contact to the ERRIN Service Provider is currently possible to a limited extent only. Please contact the Service Provider prior your scheduled departure by phone, email or skype. Include always contact details in the application form for any availability.

Please note that under the current situation, services such as airport pick-up and temporary accommodation may not be available. In cases where this is necessary, please contact the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees at least 7 days before your planned departure at

Contractors in the country of origin who offer their services through a trusting cooperation–typically non-governmental organizations working on the social and humanitarian development of vulnerable persons–offer their services through a trusting cooperation, making a new beginning possible.

Scope of reintegration assistance:

  • Arrival assistance (airport pick-up, short-term accommodation)
  • Individual counselling after arrival
  • Support in the area of housing (e.g. basic equipment, rent subsidy)
  • Professional qualification measures, help in finding a job
  • Support in setting up a business
  • Counselling and support in social and medical matters as well as general legal advice

The level of support is based on the number of returnees within a family group and the vulnerability of the returnees.

Amount in-kind:

  • Voluntary return per person: up to 2,000 EUR
  • Voluntary return for a family group: up to 5,000 EUR
  • In case of identified vulnerability*: a one-time amount of additional 1,000 EUR
  • Forcibly-returned/repatriated persons: up to 1,500 EUR
    The maximum amount of EUR 5,000 cannot be exceeded (even if there is a vulnerability).

*Vulnerable are: unaccompanied minors, single parents with minor children, people over 60 years, people with special medical needs, disabilities, pregnancy, victims of human trafficking and prostitution.

With a view to the current COVID-19 situation, the BAMF is granting all returnees to the ERRIN destination countries (with exception of Armenia) an additional one-time amount of EUR 200.00 per individual applicant or EUR 500.00 per family until further notice. This is intended exclusively to compensate for the increased costs of living in connection with COVID-19 (e.g. rent, groceries) as well as for short-term medical needs (hygiene articles, medication, disinfectants, mouth and nose protection). The implementation of this additional support is carried out by the partner on site.

(Please note that there is no legal claim to funding through this programme!)

In order to receive ERRIN reintegration services, an application is required (see the right-hand column under Download), which must be completed in full and signed by the returnee (applicant). Identity documents (e.g. passport, passport replacement documents, travel documents) and, if applicable, evidence of existing vulnerability, must be attached to the application. All documents should be sent as separate scanned documents to the e-mail address provided in the form.

Please note
The duration of application processing can take 5 to 10 days. Applicants are therefore requested to submit applications as soon as possible.

The application process and the implementation of reintegration assistance
An ERRIN application is submitted to a local authority, state authority or a return counselling centre. Usually, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) receives the application by e-mail and checks it for eligibility. Once the necessary conditions for funding have been met, the BAMF determines the funding amount and forwards the authorization to the contracting party and the submitting party. After leaving the country, the returnee contacts the contracting party and puts the reintegration project in writing. This must then be reviewed and approved by the BAMF before the implementation of reintegration assistance. Reintegration assistance should be completed by ERRIN within six months of departure.

Application process

Further information
ERRIN supports reintegration post-return. Any costs incurred from preparations required for return (e.g. travel costs for the procurement of travel documents) are not eligible. If returnees are unable to finance their return costs themselves, there is–in addition to ERRIN benefits–an additional funding option via the REAG/GARP humanitarian voluntary return programme.

More Information

Return and reintegration in times of COVID-19