Voluntary return

What types of support exist for my voluntary departure?

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If you are a migrant in Germany who is thinking about leaving, you can apply for financial and logistical support for your voluntary return to your home country or departure for resettlement in a third country. The voluntary return support programme in Germany is called the REAG/GARP programme, which is implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In these schemes, beside coverage of your travel costs, you can also receive financial starter grants. These grants should help you make a new start in your country of origin or a third country willing to issue you a residence permit. You can receive this aid within the frame of REAG / GARP- your nationality, however, is a deciding factor.

Attention: Due to the global corona pandemic, voluntary departures in the framework of the REAG/GARP programme are currently not possible in a number of countries. However, you can still submit relevant applications with the help of a voluntary return counselling centre. You can obtain further information from a voluntary return counselling centre or by sending an email to iomdeausreise@iom.int

How does it work?

Can I receive financial support?

Who is not eligible for support within REAG/GARP?

Where can I apply?

What costs will be covered by the REAG/GARP programme?

What costs do I have to cover?

What is a starter grant (“Starthilfe”)?

To which countries currently the voluntary return is not possible?

Can I return to Germany after my voluntary departure?

Can I receive support if I can personally finance the trip?

Am I going to receive supported after my return?

Where can I find more information?


You can call the BAMF's voluntary return hotline (+49 911 9430) Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and ask your questions about voluntary departure. The staff speak German and English. If you live in Berlin or Brandenburg, you can also contact the IOM hotline on + 49 30 90 269 4848 and + 49 3364 427150.