IntegPlan is a transnational project to promote voluntary return to countries of origin that are sometimes in the course of difficult political and economic reconstruction (e.g. Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo). In such cases, it is important to implement return procedure so that it:

  • does not further exacerbate the sensitive situation in the country and
  • is conducive to the development of the returnee and the country in question.

This means that there is a considerable demand in these countries for socially and politically acceptable return programmes that are not solely the responsibility of the countries of origin, but also that of the host countries in order to implement an appropriate return management procedure.

In this case, it is paramount that advisory services in the host country and the country of origin coincide. An integrated counselling process for returnees, in which consultants in the host country and the country of return plan return procedure together with a returnee, has only succeeded in isolated cases. One objective of the IntegPlan project is to further extend and test the possibilities of integrated return planning. This factor is decisive if the approaches are to be transferred to other German federal states and EU member states.

The project executing agency is Micado Migration gGmbH in St. Ingbert which works together with the Office for Repatriation Assistance of the City of Munich. Local government ministries in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hessen, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate,  Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia support and co-finance the transnational project activities. The remaining funds came from the European Return Fund and now from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). Other federal states are called upon to join the IntegPlan association and participate in further extending the project.

The offer of services provided by the network is mainly aimed at returnee advisory centres and their counsellors in the federal states involved via which potential returnees are to be connected to advisory centres in selected countries of return.