About the Programme
Organizing the transportation of refugees and migrants for the purpose of resettlement is a core activity of IOM in Southern Africa. Working closely with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), IOM coordinates pre-entry medical assessment and the transport logistics for refugee resettlement cases. Refugees are commonly resettled to the United States, Australia, Canada and Norway. These operations build on IOM's previous experience in the region.
IOM is deeply concerned about the plight of irregular migrants in need of assistance to return to their own countries. IOM assists rejected asylum seekers, trafficked migrants, stranded students, labour migrants and qualified nationals to return home on a voluntary basis.
IOM South Africa is implementing a Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme (VARRP) for South African nationals in the UK and Ireland who are rejected asylum seekers and wish to return home voluntarily. IOM South Africa also runs the Reintegration Assistance (RAS) Programme for South African rejected asylum seekers from Switzerland.
In addition to helping individuals and families with the cost of their flight to South Africa, IOM is able to provide reintegration assistance once they return home with the funding assistance from the European Refugee Fund (UK/Ireland) and The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (Switzerland).
Reintegration assistance includes:
- Access to education or job training
- Grant for the establishment of a small business
- Education or crèches for children
- General information and advice business opportunities and available training courses.
- Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme (VARRP)
- USRP-US Refugee Programme
- Canadian Resettlement Programme
- Australian Resettlement Programme