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Monday, 21. October 2019 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Save in my calendar


Return at any cost?

On migration policy, the reality of counselling and the situation in countries of origin


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A cooperation of Bread for the World, medico international, foundation PRO ASYL and the Heinrich Böll Foundation

Increasing the number of returns is a declared goal of the Federal Government. Furthermore, it is dominating migration policy decisions in the EU. For this purpose, deportations and means to promote "voluntary return" are reinforced. This project is being pursued irrespectively of the situation in the countries of origin, which often do not allow for a safe return and reintegration.

Development cooperation is more and more being used to serve these regulatory interests. By 2020, the BMZ has earmarked app. 150 million euros for the "Perspektive Heimat" program alone in order to support return to countries such as Kosovo, Afghanistan or Nigeria and facilitate reintegration.

With this symposium we aim at connecting the political debate and the conditions of counselling here in Germany and the situation in countries of origin. What does it mean for people seeking protection and migrants to return to conflict-ridden countries? Under which preconditions is it possible to talk about a sustainable reintegration? How "voluntary" is supported return actually? What is the scope for action?
This and further questions will be discussed among others with

  • Hadi Marifat, Afghanistan Human Rights & Democracy Organization
  • Sarah Tietze, International Organization for Migration
  • Uwe Kekeritz, Parliamentary Group Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
  • Rex Osa, Migration Info Point Benin City, Nigeria
  • Christoph Riedl, Diakonie Flüchtlingsdienst, Austria
  • Barbara Unmüßig, Heinrich Böll Foundation
  • Christian Klos, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

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For more information please contact:
Maria Kind
Africa Department


Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung - Headquarter Berlin
Schumannstr. 8
10117 Berlin
Heinrich Böll Foundation - Headquarter Berlin
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