International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Assisted Voluntary Return Programme: the case of Cyprus
Agamemnonas Zachariades, Stefanos Spaneas

The article draws attention to the Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) process. It is viewed as integral aspect of a wider migration policy which ensures the dignified and humane return of Third Country Nationals(TCNs) who, due to their residence and working legal status, they cannot remain in the host country. It describes the design and implementation of the first AVR programme in Cyprus and reflects on the experience gained from the frontline. A number of prohibit and enabler factors both at strategic and operational levels have to be understood and procedures to be carefully designed, leading to more effective changes for achieving greater quality of services.

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