The voluntary return programme is designed for all migrants, whether they are asylum seekers, applicants who have been turned down or immigrants without a residence permit. For applicants who have been turned down, a full support system is provided in order to prepare the voluntary return as well as possible; in this case, the support involves a return path.
Above all, a voluntary return is an aid programme: the journey is organised from Belgium to the destination country and includes assistance and transport costs, all ensured in complete peace of mind and discretion. Also, the programme includes reintegration assistance into the home country based on the migrant’s situation: allowance, development of a micro business, renovation of home, medical assistance, etc.
Fedasil has return desks in Brussel, Ghent, Antwerp, Liège and Charleroi, in order to inform and assist immigrants without a residence permit. Alongside this, a network of return partners (social services, NGOs, municipalities, migrant organisations, etc.) is also qualified to inform them about voluntary return and support them in their decision. For asylum seekers, social workers and return counsellors are present at the reception centres.
Website voluntary return
The website for voluntary return is primarily aimed at migrants without a residence permit in Belgium and at partner organisations. Among other things, the site offers information in twelve languages, stories of returnees as well as various publications.