Voluntary return

The voluntary return programme

Migrants can decide at any time to return to their country of origin. They can do so via the voluntary return programme.

The voluntary return programme is designed for all migrants, whether they are applicants for international protection, applicants who have been turned down or migrants without a residence permit. The return journey is organised from Belgium to the country of origin and includes transport costs and assistance for a smooth journey, all ensured in complete peace of mind and discretion.

Also, based on the migrant’s situation, the programme includes a return grant and reintegration support in the home country. This support can be used to develop a micro business, rent or renovate a home, cover medical costs, etc.

To inform and assist migrants in the event of a voluntary return, Fedasil has return desks in Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp, Liège and Charleroi. In addition, an entire network of organisations – social services, NGOs, municipalities, migrant organisations – is also qualified to inform migrants about voluntary return and support them in their decision. To inform applicants for international protection, social workers and return counsellors are present in the reception centres.

Information for migrants

To inform migrants and partner organisations, Fedasil has a website on voluntary return. Among others, this website offers information in 17 languages, stories of returnees as well as various publications. To order publications (brochures and posters) or to have more information, please use our contact form

Migrants who require further information about voluntary return can call the toll-free number 0800 327 45, contact their social worker or one of the return desks and partners in Belgium.


The statistics regarding voluntary return are published monthly with the general statistics.