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Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme - VARRP (2002 - 2008)



The VARRP programme implemented by IOM intends to provide return and reintegration assistance for migrants wishing to return voluntarily from the United Kingdom to their home country.



VARRP supports the return and reintegration of asylum seekers (pending, rejected, under appeal, appeal rejected) and those granted exceptional leave to remain, who have returned from the United Kingdom. Along with travel assistance, it also provides professional training, job placement as well as opening up opportunities to engage in formal education in their country of origin.
VARRP is a world-wide Programme and Albania is part of this scheme with other countries of Asia, South Africa, Europe and Africa.
Reintegration activities vary from returnee to returnee and are based on the specific needs of each individual. The project is implemented and the services are offered in close collaboration with local actors and partners.
Reintegration assistance consists of financial support provided in kind through: Vocational training in mechanical/electrical; construction; administration; services i.e hairdresser, esthetician, etc.
-One-year educational assistance at public or private education institutions
-Childcare for infants
-Job placement through salary subsidization
-New business start-up or enhancement of an existing business, including training in business management
-Accommodation fee for up to three months.


Albanian individuals and families who return under the Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme (VARRP)


Main partner of IOM Tirana is Hope for the Future. This NGO operates in the field of employment of the returnees by facilitating employment activities through apprenticeship. Other implementing partners offering vocational training and education are private and public training centers.


The Programme has been implemented successfully since 2002 to 2008. The VARRP is funded by the UK Home Office and co-funded by the European Refugee Fund.

Regions covered:

Reintegration activities are available to all beneficiaries countrywide.