Completed Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration projects – Regulating Migration

Hungarian Voluntary Return Programme (HARP)

Geographical Coverage: Hungary

Duration: 1993 - 2007

Donor: Government of Hungary

Status: Completed (continued as HAVRR)

Summary: The program aimed to assist irregular migrants in Hungary to return to their home countries in safety and dignity and at the same time to provide the Office of Immigration and Nationality of the Ministry of Justice with a cheaper, faster but also a more humane alternative to deportation by taking over the organizational tasks of return movements. Information leaflets and posters were designed and distributed to promote the programme and all border guard community shelters were visited by IOM staff members, to answer specific questions in connection with the program and advise potential returnees.