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Published 01.02.2020

Bridge Builders – the role of the diaspora in the development of Somalia and the Horn of Africa

Operating models for members of the diaspora and parties working with them During the autumn of 2019, the Dialogue Process project was implemented. Its goal was to hear the diaspora’s own views of their opportunities to participate in rebuilding their background country and promoting peace. The attached publication was drawn up as a part of…

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Published 26.11.2019

Reintegration of voluntary returnees to Iraq from Finland has succeeded to a fair extent

The reintegration of Iraqi returnees to their home region has succeeded to a fair extent, according to a follow-up study conducted by the Finnish office of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). The study was implemented by assignment from the Finnish Immigration Service, as part of the AUDA project. The study reveals that return assistance granted…

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Published 13.11.2019

AUDA closing seminar 12 November 2019 – online material

The closing seminar of the AUDA project was celebrated on Tuesday, 12 November 2019. The project staff was pleased to host international and national speakers with interesting insights on voluntary return. In addition, the results of a recently completed monitoring study by IOM Finland on voluntary return and reintegration to Iraq was presented. On this…

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Published 29.10.2019

Open lecture: Balancing acts – Policy frameworks for migrant return and reintegration

Senior Fellow Kathleen Newland will present her article “Balancing acts – Policy frameworks for migrant return and reintegration” on return policies and reintegration assistance. Date and venue: Monday 11 November at 15:30-17:00, House of Science and Letters (Tieteiden talo), lecture room 312, Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki The duration of the lecture is around 45 minutes following a…

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Published 16.10.2019

Open lecture series on return migration and mobility – Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq

During the autumn of 2019, the Migration Institute of Finland and the Finnish Immigration Service will organise a four-part Studia Generalia lecture series on return migration and mobility. The lecture series is part of the AUDA project. The first three lectures of the series will cover the challenges and possibilities of return migration to Iraq,…

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Published 14.01.2019

Changes to support for assisted voluntary return, in-kind assistance rises

Changes to assisted voluntary return have taken place as of 1 January 2019 with the entry into force of the new Decree on Assisted Voluntary Return. Support for assisted voluntary return to one’s home country can be granted to an applicant, if the applicant is in need thereof and unable to fund the return independently.…

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Published 04.01.2019

The Voluntary Return Pages are produced by the Auda project

The full name of the project is the project of Voluntary Return to Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. It is a joint project between the Finnish Immigration Service, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Crisis Management Centre. The project aims to develop voluntary return through, among other, working with other EU and return countries. The…

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