Return & Reintegration

Most asylum seekers in Europe are economic migrants. A lack of opportunity in the homeland and attractive perspectives in the West cause them to seek a new future abroad. The majority, however, never obtain legal residence status. There then remain two options: illegality or return.

A future back home

HIT Foundation has been working on return and reintegration since 2005. The focus is on developing efficient and effective support mechanisms for asylum seekers that want to build up a future back home.

To achieve this, HIT has conducted practical experiments in the Netherlands and in countries of origin. It developed practical tools to support returnees and return counsellors; initiated close collaboration with partner organisations in the field and conducted action research to detemine efficiency and effectiveness of EU collaboration. Since 2009 HIT is on one of the partners of the Foundation for Sustainable Return.