• Please kindly note that Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) activities of IOM Budapest are suspended at this time and are expected to resume on 1st of December 2015.

  • Nous vous prions de noter que les activités pour le Programme d’Aide au Retour Volontaire et de la Réintégration de IOM Budapest, sont suspendus pour le moment et devrait reprendre le 1-er Décembre.

  • Ju lutemi të vini re se aktivitetet e IOM Budapest të Kthimit Vullnetar të Asistuar dhe Ri-integrimit janë për momentin të ndërprera dhe pritet të rifillojnë prej datës 1 dhjetor 2015.

  • Ljubazno Vas molimo da imate na umu da su aktivnosti IOM Budimpešte vezane za program pomoći za dobrovoljni povratak trenutno suspendovane. Očekuje se da će program nastaviti sa radom 1. prosinac 2015. godine.


The Statement from Ambassador William Lacy Swing, the Director General of IOM on the news of up to 50 refugees found dead in the truck in Austria close to the Hungarian border.

 “In the absence of a managed migration strategy, the deaths, reportedly, of dozens of victims who suffocated in the back of a truck in Austria this week, remind all of us of the consequences of leaving those seeking safety and a better life at the mercy of human traffickers. Just as we have seen on the Mediterranean for these last three years, just as we have heard of similar tragedies suffered in the searing Sahara heat, the specter of death now haunts the European continent—unless something is done, and soon, to make migration legal and safe.”

Több tucatnyi menekültet találtak holtan Ausztriában egy teherautóban a magyar határ közelében.

„A tucatnyi áldozat halála, akik a híradások szerint Ausztriában, egy teherautó hátuljában fulladtak meg a héten, rávilágít arra, milyen következményekkel jár, ha megfelelően végrehajtott migrációs stratégia hiányában az embercsempészek irgalmára bízzuk azokat, akik a biztonságot és a jobb élet lehetőségét keresik.

Éppen úgy, ahogy azt a Földközi tenger térségében az elmúlt három évben láttuk, és éppen úgy, ahogy a Szahara perzselő hőségében történt tragédiák kapcsán hallottuk, a halál most az európai kontinensen kísért – hacsak nem teszünk valamit, mégpedig gyorsan, annak érdekében, hogy a megteremtsük a biztonságos és legális migráció lehetőségét.”

William Lacy Swing, a Nemzetközi Migrációs Szervezet (IOM) főigazgatója


Running an Effective Migrant Resource Centre: Handbook for Practitioners launched within HEADSTART project

In recent years, Governments, NGOs, and IGOs such as IOM have established Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) and other similar facilities in both origin and host countries, providing a range of services to migrants seeking migration opportunities abroad to reintegration upon their return home. MRCs have been set up to support diverse objectives, such as providing information on safe migration and protection of vulnerable migrants, facilitating labour migration, reintegration and development, and a range of beneficiaries (labour migrants, family  migrants, resettled refugees), in both countries of origin and destination.

The aim of this Handbook is to provide guidance to those considering setting an MRC on issues of institutional set-up, design, legal basis, procedures, coordination mechanisms with other stakeholders, and resources needed and for those who are already operating such a service, to provide a useful reference source on issues of monitoring and evaluation, quality control, communication and outreach strategy and a link with post-arrival stage. It is recognized that the procedures will need to be adapted for local conditions.

The handbook is produced as part of the project HEADSTART: Fostering Integration Before Departure, co-financed by the European Union Integration Fund, Italy, Austria and the Netherlands, and managed by IOM office in Budapest, in partnership with the World Association of Public Employment Services (WAPES) and authorities in charge of integration issues in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Slovakia. It is available in English, Albanian, Arabic, French, Russian Serbian and Spanish.

Download the Handbook [English]

Download the Handbook [Albanian]

Download the Handbook [Arabic]

Download the Handbook [French]

Download the Handbook [Russian]

Download the Handbook [Serbian]

Download the Handbook [Spanish]


IOM Budapest hosted a conference on 9 years of reintegration assistance provided to returnees to Kosovo

The IOM Mission in Budapest has been implementing Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) programmes since the early 1990s. The first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed in 1994 between IOM and the Hungarian Government, demonstrated the importance of the AVR programme as one of the vital instruments for addressing irregular migration in Hungary. Drawing from its experiences and lessons learned from the implementation of its AVR programmes, IOM Budapest has been gradually expanding the types of assistance and components to the original AVR activities. With the aim of rendering assisted voluntary returns more sustainable, in 2006, IOM Budapest introduced reintegration assistance within its AVR programme. Through AVR projects implemented by IOM Budapest thus far, more than 6,500 people have been assisted in their return to the country of.

Since the start of its implementation in Hungary, the reintegration assistance component has shown not only quantitatively, but also qualitatively, that reintegration assistance contributes to sustainable return origin and benefitted 219 returnees.

The conference, held on 25th June presented the results of the recent evaluation of reintegration Assistance Provided to Returnees to Kosovo and launched a publication showcasing some of the experiences of individual returnees “Returning home: stories from Kosovo”.

Evaluation Report

Hazatérés Koszovóba – reintegrációs asszisztencia értékelése

Returning home: stories from Kosovo

Otthon Koszovóban: reintegrációs történetek     

Rikthimi në Kosovë: Histori Ri-integrimi


Let’s change the conversation about migration

On the World Refugee Day, IOM is putting the spotlight not on where migrants come from, but on what they bring, including diverse skills, new points of view, and the determination and courage that led them to leave home in the first place.

But all too often in our media and national conversations, this positive contribution is overlooked.



Who is your migrant hero?

IOM Hungary joins ‪#‎MigrantHeroes Social Media Campaign today. The campaign invites people around the world to identify and tell the stories of Migrant Heroes.

In many countries ‪‎xenophobia and negative perceptions of migrants are increasing. IOM believes that migrants contribute to society and feels that the negative lens through which many people view migration needs to be changed.

The #MigrantHeroes social media campaign will highlight the many ways in which ‪#‎migrants contribute both to their countries of origin and their host communities.

Read more and tell us who your migrant hero is: http://www.iom.int/news/iom-launches-migrantheroes-social-media-campaign

Share Migrant Heroes stories: http://goo.gl/tUnPmQ


IOM global review of existing pre-departure integration support practices launched


On 21st May 2015, IOM mission in Hungary, in partnership with IOM missions in Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Slovakia, and governmental partners in these countries in charge of integration issues, associate partners in Moldova, Macedonia and Kosovo, as well as the World Association of Public Employment Services (WAPES) launched the report: “Headstart to Integration: A Global Review of Pre-departure Support Measures for Migrants”.

The aim of the report is to establish promising practices in pre-departure integration support for immigrants with a particular focus on promoting early labour market inclusion in line with the migrants' level of qualifications and competences. The study also examined the services that assist migrants to find their way in a new country and become part of a new community, with a focus on practices relevant for integration of immigrants entering the countries of destination for the purposes of work, family reunification and studies, as implemented by a range of public and private actors. To achieve this, the analysis classifies these practices and approaches drawing on global evidence and with a focus on the European Neighbourhood countries, Western Balkans and Turkey. Based on the information collected, common denominators, factors of success or failure, the structure of such measures and their link with the post-arrival phase are analysed.

This publication has been produced within the framework of the project “HEADSTART: Fostering Integration Before Departure” managed by IOM in partnership with the World Association of Public Employment Services (WAPES) and authorities in charge of integration issues in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Slovakia, and co-financed by the European Union Integration Fund, Ministries of Interior of Italy and Austria and the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers in the Netherlands (COA).

The report is available for download here.

Pre-departure integration support policy brief is available for download here.

For more information on the project, visit www.headstartproject.eu


Final HEADSTART project conference in Vienna, 21st May 2015

Policies and practices to better prepare migrants for safe, legal and successful migration prior to leaving their country of origin were discussed at the HEADSTART closing conference in Vienna on 21 May.

The event showcased the project results, namely the IOM global review of existing pre-departure integration support practices and the Handbook for Migrant Resource Centres. The conference also focused more closely on two areas of particular relevance to pre-departure integration: (1) job matching and innovative labour market integration practices and approaches, and employers involvement in the pre-departure stage (2) skills development in the context of pre-departure, and the role of the countries of origin. The testimonies of migrants who received pre-departure assistance before coming to Austria were also heard.   

Conference participants included the project partners from eight participating EU Member States (Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Slovakia), the World Association of Public Employment Services (WAPES), policy makers in charge of integration issues, NGOs and IOs, and stakeholders from selected countries of origin. 

Conference agenda