Who we are
Context and challenges
Returning migrants with irregular status to their countries of origin in a humane and sustainable manner is a key part of EU efforts to manage migration. However, it is operationally challenging. Many aspects cannot be addressed effectively on a national level. That is why EU-wide collaboration is needed to improve both return processes, and quality of support offered to returning migrants.
In a nutshell, ERRIN seeks to strengthen cooperation between migration authorities, with the aim of:
- enabling and improving return and reintegration through joint contracting of service providers
- serving as an ‘innovation hub’ for members to improve practices, share learning and pilot new approaches to return and reintegration
- investing in knowledge to improve understanding of return dynamics
We contribute to a common European approach on return and reintegration of migrants, leading to more effective and efficient programmes, and ultimately, ensuring better future perspectives for returnees.
To achieve this vision, our mission is two-fold: to facilitate cooperation and knowledge exchange between migration authorities, institutional and operational partners, both in Europe and with the countries of return, and; to develop and implement innovative solutions to shared return and reintegration challenges.
ERRIN Member States – European Partner Institutions
Fifteen European countries currently participate in ERRIN, with membership open to any EU Member State or Schengen-associated country.
|Austria||Federal Ministry of Interior||View website|
|Belgium||Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers||View website|
|Federal Immigration Office||View website|
|Denmark||Ministry of Immigration and Integration||View website|
|Finland||Finnish Immigration Service||View website|
|France||Ministry of Interior||View website|
|Office for Immigration and Integration||View website|
|Germany||Federal Ministry of Interior, Building and Community||View website|
|Federal Office for Migration and Refugees||View website|
|Greece||Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction||View website|
|Luxembourg||Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs||View website|
|Malta||Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security||View website|
|Netherlands||Ministry of Justice and Security - Repatriation and Departure Service||View website|
|Norway||Norwegian Directorate of Immigration||View website|
|Spain||Ministry of Labour, Migrations and Social Security - Department of Migration||View website|
|Sweden||Swedish Migration Agency||View website|
|Switzerland||State Secretariat for Migration||View website|
|United Kingdom||Home Office||View website|
ERRIN Programme Management Unit
Activities are coordinated by the Brussels-based Programme Management Unit (PMU). The ERRIN team is led by Senior Programme Manager, Ruben Laurijssens, and is comprised of multinational dedicated professionals with a wealth of experience from national governments, EU institutions and other international organisations, NGOs and fieldwork in the countries where ERRIN is active and beyond.
The European Commission and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (EBCGA / FRONTEX) constitute the Management Board along with the European Partner Institutions (EPIs). The Board drives the agenda and sets priorities. The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) provides expertise and administrative support as implementing partner.
Operational partners – Service Providers
The ERRIN network is working with four organisations that qualified as service providers to offer reintegration assistance for returning migrants, in currently 16 countries. Caritas International Belgium and IRARA additionally partner with a number of local implementing partners for service delivery in some countries. Read more on our 'Where we work' page.