The Return and Reintegration of Rejected Asylum Seekers and Irregular Migrants

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This report compares the experiences of several existing assisted return programmes for rejected asylum seekers and irregular migrants in Europe and draws lessons for future programmes. Specifically, the report focuses on three aspects: programme implementation, targeting of assistance, and evaluation. It analyzes the experiences of existing programmes in France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland and makes recommendations for best practice in the future.



Evaluation criteria

A final way that the experiences of the study programmes can be used to inform policy development is to develop from them a more generic framework for evaluating return, on the basis of which to evaluate other assisted return programmes, such as those coordinated by IOM. Only two of the six programmes that form the main focus of this report have been subject to formal assessments - PCDM in France and GTAA in the Netherlands. Only the assessment of the latter programme was freely available. It is therefore not possible systematically to report on the criteria used in evaluating any of the programmes other than GTAA. Nevertheless, it is possible to distinguish those criteria identified in interview by policy-makers as important in evaluating their programmes. In this section, the success criteria identified in each programme are analysed. In the following section they are combined to develop a framework for the evaluation of assisted return.


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