You are eligible to apply for IOM’s Hungarian Assisted Voluntary Return, Reintegration and Information Programme for Migrants if:
- You are a refugee, an asylum-seeker or a person authorized to stay in Hungary and you wish to voluntarily return to your country of origin
- You are in an irregular situation in Hungary
- You have no financial funds to go home
- You have not applied for any other IOM programme to return back to your country of origin in the past
- You have not committed any crimes in Hungary, i.e. you have not committed anything punishable under the Hungarian criminal code. Attempting to cross the border irregularly, overstaying or other alien policing offenses are not crimes under Hungarian legislation and, therefore, will not exclude you from being eligible to apply to the programme
Factors that do NOT limit your participation in the programme:
- If you do not possess any identification documents
- If you need an escort/medical escort
For Return Assistance
If you are in a detention center, reception center or a refugee camp and have decided to voluntarily return to your home country with IOM’s assistance, you should request to fill out the application form for the Hungarian Assisted Voluntary Return, Reintegration and Information Programme for Migrants. The application form has to be completed and submitted to the staff of the detention or reception center. The application form will be forwarded to the Hungarian authorities - Office of Immigration and Nationality (OIN).
If you have already submitted an asylum claim with Hungarian Authorities but in the meantime have changed your mind and would like to return to your home country, you would need to withdraw the asylum claim.
For Reintegration Assistance to Vulnerable returnees and returnees with chronically medical conditions
In line with Article 5 of the Decision No 575/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 May 2007, IOM seeks to assist vulnerable returnees, such as minors, unaccompanied minors, disabled people, elderly people, pregnant women, single parents with minor children, and persons who have been subjected to torture, rape or other serious forms of psychological, physical or sexual violence and returnees with chronically medical conditions by providing reintegration assistance in the country of origin. The reintegration assistance component of this programme offers – based on a needs assessment – reintegration counseling and a reintegration grant of EUR650 from which the beneficiary can finance the various activities of a pre-defined reintegration plan.
Vulnerable returnees and returnees with chronic medical conditions will be identified by the Office of Immigration and Nationality (OIN), by the Police, by the staff and the doctor of the relevant facility where the migrants are staying, by the staff of other organizations working in these facilities and by IOM staff during the outreach visits.
Each of the vulnerable cases will be discussed by all the project partners and other organizations present in the facilities.
In order to apply for the reintegration assistance, the beneficiary should complete the Reintegration Assistance Application Form. This document serves the purposes of a preliminary assessment of the returnee’s reintegration ideas and needs.
The decision on providing reintegration support to a beneficiary will be made by IOM Budapest taking into consideration the information compiled in the vulnerability assessment, the feasibility of the reintegration plan and the availability of designated project funds.
The selected beneficiaries – with the assistance of IOM Budapest and IOM in the country of origin – will put together a reintegration plan, describing in detail the most important needs to be financed from the reintegration support. It is important to pay particular attention when providing your contact details in the application form as IOM will get in touch with you once this application form has been evaluated.
The reintegration assistance to vulnerable returnees and returnees with chronically medical conditions is to be provided only in in-kind support. The necessary services and goods listed in the detailed reintegration plan will be funded directly by the IOM office in the country of origin.
The provision of reintegration assistance is independent from your return. Therefore, if your reintegration plan gets rejected, such a rejection will not affect your return journey in any way.
Beneficiaries are also able to contact the IOM office in the country of origin/return to receive reintegration counselling to assist them with putting together a feasible reintegration plan. With the help of the counselling, the beneficiaries will find the best option of generating income, taking into account their training and experience as well as the local economic circumstances.
Due to the limited availability of financial resources, the reintegration assistance can only be provided to a limited number of applicants.
The amount of reintegration grant is maximum €650.
IOM works in close cooperation with the Office of Immigration and Nationality (OIN) to organize your return.
The typical scenario is as follows:
- The client completes and submits the application form
- The application form is processed by OIN
- If application form is approved, IOM Budapest Operations Department receives request to arrange return travel
- Appropriate documentation for your return, including passport and transit visas (if necessary) are arranged with the help of the embassy/consulate of your country of origin.
- A one–way flight ticket is purchased.
- IOM office in your country of origin is informed about your expected arrival.
- If necessary, an escort may be accompanying you (for example, if you are under 18 years old or have a medical condition).
- Reintegration assistance after arrival in your home country (if applied for and awarded).