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Migration and Home Affairs

Return Expert Group

The EMN REG functions as a platform for operational cooperation and the sharing of expertise. It build synergies by providing the structure for the follow-up, planning and monitoring of the practical cooperation of return activities with a view to ensuring an integrated approach to return resulting in a more effective and efficient return rate. The EMN REG connects all key stakeholders, including not just Member States, but also representatives of key projects and when necessary civil society.

Discussion at EMN REG meetings will align with REG aims to do following:

I. Share good practice in the field of return and reintegration to increase coherence in the implementation of return programmes and reintegration projects. Based on these discussions Member States develop common standarts and guidelines to ensure a European approach on return actions.

II. Exchange information about the initiatives taken towards the countries of origin or transit to ensure a sustainable return of the irregular migrants (i.e. reintegration measures, re-documentation).

III. Support the development of practical solutions to overcome challenges and barriers to return and reintegration. This includes cooperation with authorities in countries of return.

IV. Draw on stakeholders' expertise on relevant issues related to return and reintegration of irregular migrants.

V. Questions concerning the use of the Integrated Return Management Application (IRMA) including management of content, new requirements and future system development.

VI. Contributing to the availability and collection of statistics on return and integration.

For each aspect of return, agreed through consultation with EMN members, the EMN REG should provide a clear overview of the situation across EMN Member States. This overview should serve as a basis to exchange best practices. Meetings should provide for the opportunity to discuss current and future programs and to identify synergies. This will support better coordination of the actions of Member States on return and reintegration in and towards third countries.

The REG expertise meet regulary on avarage four to five times per year in conjunction with the EMN NCP meetings.