JRS-Programme (Joint Reintegration Services)

Frontex has been launched its JRS programme on 01 April, 2022. This offers individual reintegration assistance for those returning to their countries of origin. Frontex is thus taking over parts of the previous ERRIN project, which will continue to run in parallel until 30 June, 2022. The BAMF remains responsible for coordinating reintegration assistance at the national level.

Reintegration partners and JRS assistance are available in the following countries of origin:

Egypt, Ethiopia, Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iraq, Mongolia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia (not Somaliland), Sri Lanka, Turkey and Vietnam.

There are some changes associated with the JRS programme:

1. Application process via RIAT

An application can only be submitted via the data management system RIAT (https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/emn-ies/). All project processes are processed there. RIAT is a closed system with access only for authorized persons and meets the requirements of the European General Data Protection Regulation.

JRS applications must be registered in RIAT at least four (!) weeks before a planned departure. Internet Explorer cannot be used for technical reasons (recommended web browser: e.g. Google Chrome).

To use RIAT, participation in the two-part training course is required in advance in order to go through the registration and authentication process. All information on the RIAT training courses offered can be found in the login area on https://ReturningfromGermany.de/en. Please register in advance in the login area.

For questions about RIAT, please contact: RIATsupport@bamf.bund.de

Alternatively, applications for reintegration assistance can still be submitted via the ERRIN project by June 30, 2022 (last departure date): reintegration@bamf.bund.de

Further information on the JRS can also be found on the Frontex website: https://frontex.europa.eu/we-support/returns-and-reintegration/reintegration-assistance/

2. Subsequent application

Returned/repatriated persons may still receive support after their arrival in their country of origin. For this purpose, the reintegration partner must be contacted (contact details see flyer) immediately (at the latest within 3 months) after arrival, and proof of identity must be presented.

3. Eligible persons

JRS assistance can be obtained from:

third-country nationals
- who are obliged to leave the country (this also includes tolerated persons)
- who have submitted an application for asylum or are in the asylum process
- whose application for another form of protection has not yet been decided

Support is possible for both those returning voluntarily and those who have been repatriated.

4. Scope and amount of JRS assistance

JRS distinguishes between short-term and long-term support (Post Arrival Package/Post Return Package):

a) Post Arrival Package (short-term support up to three days after arrival):
• Airport pickup
• Onward transport to destination
• Necessary overnight stays before reaching the destination
• Additional medical needs
• Family reunification for unaccompanied minors

b) Post Return Package (long-term support within a maximum of 12 months after departure):
• Housing support
• Medical needs for serious illnesses
• School and vocational training measures
• Advice on job opportunities and help in finding a job
• Support in setting up a (own) business
• Family reunion
• Legal advice and administrative support
• Psychosocial support.

The JRS assistance is generally granted as benefits in kind. The amount of support is based on the following amounts:

• Voluntary return (main applicant): EUR 2,000.00
• Each additional family member: EUR 1,000.00

• Determined vulnerability* (additional amount): EUR 615.00 EUR per person

• Repatriated persons: EUR 1,000.00

*With proof, the following are considered vulnerable: people over 60 years of age, people with a serious illness (e.g. dialysis), returning single parents with underage children, pregnant women returning alone, unaccompanied minors, victims of human trafficking and forced prostitution.

The additional amount (EUR 615) for vulnerable people is only granted if:
- the application is registered in RIAT at least four weeks before the planned departure and
- the service is called up within three days of arrival at the reintegration partner.

For further questions please contact: reintegration@bamf.bund.de