The programme can support you by organising your return travel, covering your travel cost for your bus or flight ticket, and providing you with a travel assistance. Depending on your nationality, you can also receive financial start-up assistance.

The REAG/GARP-Programme (Reintegration and Emigration Programme for Asylum-Seekers in Germany / Government Assisted Repatriation Programme) offers you financial and operational assistance for a voluntary return to your country of origin or a receptive third country. It is financed by the Ministry of Interior (BMI) and the German Federal States as well as the Asylum-, Migration-, and Integration of the EU (AMIF).

The explanatory video on the start page depicts how a voluntary return can look like.

What types of assistance exist?If and which financial assistance you can receive depends on several criteria, for example your nationality. The following types of assistance are possible:
  • Travel costs, e.g. your flight ticket
  • Travel assistance
  • Financial start-up assistance
If you come from a country from where you have been able to travel to Germany without a visa, only travel costs can be covered. This means you do not receive travel assistance or financial start-up assistance. These include for example the West Balkan states.Only nationals of non-EU member states can be assisted by the voluntary return programmes.Only nationals of the following countries can receive a financial start-up assistance under REAG/GARP (GARP list).The amount of the start-up assistance depends on the group your nationality is in.Group 1: Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan.Group 2: Egypt, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, China, Democratic Republic Congo, Ivory Coast, Georgia (only for arrivals before 27.03.2017, otherwise only travel costs can be covered), Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Cameron, Kenia, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Mongolia, Niger, Palestinian territories, Russian Federation, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine (only for arrivals before 10.06.2017, otherwise only travel costs can be covered), Vietnam.

Note: Nationals from Georgia and Ukraine have to have entered Germany before the visa liberalisation (Georgia 28.03.2017/Ukraine 11.06.2017) in order to receive financial start-up assistance. Otherwise only travel costs can be covered.

There is no legal entitlement to voluntary return assistance.Who can be assisted through REAG/GARP?If you belong to one of the following groups of people and lack the means to return voluntarily, you can be assisted with REAG/GARP: Asylum seekers, persons with a negative asylum decision, persons with a residence permit (e.g. recognised refugees), victims of forced prostitution or human trafficking.How can you receive REAG/GARP?You can only be supported with REAG/GARP through a counselling centre. There are independent counselling centres, for example welfare organisations, NGOs or other organisations, as well as governmental counselling centres, for example social welfare offices and immigration authorities. Find your nearest counselling centre here.Which documents do you need?In order to return voluntarily, you need a valid passport or passport replacement papers as well as a border crossing certificate (“GÜB: Grenzübertrittsbescheinigung”) for your country of return. Some countries also allow to enter with an EU Laissez-Passer. The return counsellor helps you with getting the necessary documents.