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ERSO is a network of several European Reintegration Support Organisations working closely together in the field of migration and development. The ERSO network's objective is to exchange and collect expertise, best practice and information concerning voluntary return and reintegration. The ERSO network also develops and implements - EU co-financed - joint projects aiming inter alia to enhance reintegration of voluntary returnees and thus the sustainability of the return, as well as to build up capacities of local organisations working in the field of reintegration. 

Find out more about the network and its common standards, projects, European network members and countries of return.

The return stories aim to give you insight into different possibilities and projects that have been established in several countries.

 

 

 

CONFERENCE IN AUGSBURG

From the 20th to the 22nd of February Caritas Augsburg hosted a conference on the topic ‘A counseling perspective on return migration of children’ in Augsburg. Talks were given on a wide range of perspectives on the counseling of minors in the process of return migration, from different methods of psychosocial preparation of children of various ages to a necessary shift in focus from problems to solutions.

 

The reintegration partners provided the ERSO-members with information on the conditions under which children are living in the countries of return and the possibilities for children in each of these countries. They stressed the importance of preparing children before the actual return, especially when the children concerned have  never lived in the country of origin. One of the principal lessons to be learned from the conference  was the importance of focusing primarily on the needs of the children in the returning family, while always retaining a suiting respect for the power relations within the family.

 

In sum, we can look back on a very interesting and thought-provoking conference.

EXPANDING THE NETWORK:

The ERSO Network is pleased to welcome Caritas Poland as a new member of the ERSO Network. We are looking forward to a good cooperation!

ERSO Bi Annual Members' Meeting

The next ERSO Members' Meeting will take place in Amsterdam on 22/23/24 May 2018.

For more information, please contact the ERSO Chair 

REPRESENTATIVES FROM 14 COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN ...

... and many European partners exchanged on return and reintegration during events organized by the Dutch Council for Refugees and Caritas International Belgium in Sep/Oct 2017. Read more here.

GERMANY: NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RETURN AND REINTEGRATION

The German ERSO member Micado Migration organized the annual national conference on May 23/24 in Göttingen. About 140 employees of return counseling centers, state and federal ministries as well as local authorities discussed quality guidelines for voluntary return advice and new instruments for reintegration promotion abroad.

"WE REMOVE AS MANY CONCERNS AS POSSIBLE"

The Dutch Council for Refugees invited partner organizations from Nigeria, Northern Iraq, Ethiopia and Armenia to exchange ideas and experiences during their partner week in the Netherlands from 19 to 23 September 2016. Read more here.

INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE ON RETURN TO POST-SOVIET-STATES

Partner organisations from post-soviet-states, ERSO network partners and state actors from Belgium and Georgia discussed challenges and perspectives on voluntary return and reintegration to the post-soviet-states in Tbilisi, Georgia, 12-14 Sep 2016.

PERSPECTIVES ON RETURN MIGRATION

A multi-sited, longitudinal study on the return processes of Armenian and Georgian migrants by Dr. Ine Lietaert from Ghent University, Centre for the Social Study of Refugees and Migration (CESSMIR). Read her study here.

ERSO member Caritas International is working in partnership with the University of Nicosia and CARDET to pilot a new AVR project in Cyprus.

Danish Refugee Council: stories of return in their own words from those experiencing the impact of reintegration.

Caritas International marks 10 years of experience in the specialist area of reintegration with a conference to celebrate and recognise the achievements, obstacles, good practice and challenges for the future of reintegration following voluntary return.

 

 

ERSO facilitating a workshop at the ECRE AGC "Information Exchange on Voluntary Return Programmes, Initiatives and Advocacy", Wednesday October 16th 2014.

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