Reintegration assistance


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It is often difficult for returning migrants to continue living after return if they return to the same conditions that led them to emigration. By helping migrants to establish themselves in their home countries, and implementing measures to prevent recurrig irregular and/or failed migration, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) provides reintegration assistance.


Reintegration assistance is always available after return to the country of origin, is provided in kind other than cash (by paying for the necessary goods and / or services directly to suppliers), is aimed at income generating activities, and includes:


  • Support for small business start-up  (the most popular form of assistance);
  • Employment assistance;
  • Vocational training and retraining;
  • Other forms of assistance, depending on the individual needs of returnees (relocation assistance, finding accommodation, continuing education, ensuring the education of children,  other forms of assistance to vulnerable persons atc.).



Before leaving for their home countries, with the help of the IOM Office staff, migrants fill in the reintegration assistance request form, where they describe the activity, they intend to engage in after returning home, and specify the kind of assistance  required. In addition to the preparation of the reintegration plan, it is also important to have the appropriate skills and motivation to realise one's idea.


All migrants who have made use of the voluntary return assistance can approach the IOM Office for reintegration assistance.


Due to limited resources, the IOM Vilnius Office cannot provide reintegration assistance to each person voluntarily returning to a home country from Lithuania. When deciding who should receive reintegration assistance, the IOM Vilnius Office staff applies the following criteria:


1. Feasibility of the reintegration plan. Assistance may be provided only to very specific, reasonable and viable reintegration plans. They should reflect the skills of returnees, state clear objectives and be realistic. Reintegration activities should be selected and reintegration plans shoul be prepared having regard to circumstances in the countries of origin.


2. Urgent need for reintegration assistance. Reintegration assistance is provided, on priory bases:

  • in case of return to war, conflict and / or disaster - affected countries;
  • to vulnerable persons who may not be able to take care of themselves after the return to the country of origin (for example, persons who are seriously ill, unaccompanied minors, single parents, large families etc.).


3. The motivation of the migrant seeking help and readiness to actively participate in the reintegration process and take ful responsibiliy for its results.

We invite you to get acquainted with the success stories of migrants having returned to their home countries from Lithuania.