In order to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on voluntary return and reintegration programmes, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) will organise two online workshops in July and October 2020. The EU member states and international stakeholders will discuss best practices to meet the current challenges and strategies to effectively and fully resume the programmes. In July, the focus will be on voluntary return programmes, while the October workshop will mainly be about reintegration programmes. Among others, the following questions will be addressed:

  • Which activities have been suspended and which can be continued?
  • Which challenges are (still) unresolved? Which challenges can be expected?
  • To what extent have existing national and international programmes already been adapted? What remains to be done?
  • What kind of support is offered by the EU or international stakeholders?

Organiser: Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

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Alexandra Kuczynski