Help and assistance for voluntary return
Voluntary return to you home country
If you cannot stay in Finland, we can help you return to your home country The voluntary return scheme is available for asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. You can only return to the country where you have a residence permit.
Was your residence permit application rejected?
Have you thought about returning to your home country?
To live in Finland, you need a residence permit. If you do not have a residence permit, the Finnish Immigration Service and IOM can help you return home.
Asylum decisions are based on the law and are made on a case-by-case basis. You can appeal a negative decision, but if your appeal is rejected, you can choose voluntary return.
More information about asylum decisions and the grounds for asylum can be found on the website of the Finnish Immigration Service »
Why choose voluntary return?
Voluntary return takes place on your terms, and you can get financial assistance and other support for travel to and living in your home country. Voluntary return offers more possibilities than the refusal of entry.
If you return home voluntarily, you will have time to prepare for your return, and you can travel as a normal passenger on a regular flight. You can plan your return and life after your return, and be in touch with your family and friends at home. You can also get assistance and support for reintegration. You can change your mind about returning at any point, even at the airport before boarding the place.
Refusal of entry is managed by the police. In that case, you will not be notified in advance, and you will have no time to prepare for your departure. The police will also decide your travel arrangements. You will have no chance to plan your return, and you will not get assistance for voluntary return.
Undocumented migrants can get help
If you are an undocumented migrant, you can also get support for voluntary return. We will process your case individually. Do not be afraid to be in touch – we are happy to give you advice. Contacting us will not mean that you have to return, or the refusal of entry process will begin.
If you cannot get assisted in voluntary return
Even if you think that you do not meet the criteria for assisted voluntary return, you can still ask us about it. We can go through your situation and the criteria together, and find out if you can get assistance for voluntary return. In some cases, the social services in your municipality may be able to help you to return to your home country.
Assisted voluntary return
There are some criteria for financial assistance for voluntary return. You must return home permanently, and you must have a genuine need of assistance. You can get assistance for voluntary return only once.
Permanent return means that you must return to the country you intend to live in permanently after your return. You can get assistance if you cannot afford to pay for your travel ticket and other travel expenses.
You must cancel any residence permit applications and appeals that you have pending. If you have previously received assistance for voluntary return in another European country, you cannot get it again.
Tell us about your situation, and we will help you. Contacting us does not oblige you to do anything.
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