SURE: Sustainable Return for Vulnerable or Disadvantaged people

ERSO SURE Manual - published June 2014

ERSO SURE Final Outcomes: Short Project Report

ERSO-SURE stands for Sustainable Return of Vulnerable and Disabled persons.The project builds on the extensive experience of project partners implementing return counselling- and reintegration programs for several years through ERSO (European Reintegration Support Organisation Network). ERSO-SURE is implemented in full compliance with the ERSO Network’s mission and its strategic program 2012-2015.

The partners’ main objective is to strengthen links between returning asylum seekers and migrants, and available socio-economic structures in the countries of origin to ensure the sustainability of the return. A lack of socio-economic structures ensuring the set goal will be addressed and capacities for targeted assistance of these groups built. ERSO-SURE further aims at developing vulnerability criteria, drafting a guiding manual for the reintegration of vulnerable groups, and publishing lessons learnt and good practices. Reintegration counsellors in Europe are trained on the assessment of vulnerability and how to respond appropriately.

A person meeting these vulnerability criteria, such as minors, (single and/or pregnant) women, elderly, victim of trafficking, persons suffering from a physical or mental illness, and families, returning to Iraq, Mongolia and Pakistan receives tailor-made sustainable reintegration packages with an additional focus on medical assistance based on his/her/their needs.

The sustainability of the reintegration measures taken will be monitored at least 4 months after the end of the project.

Project duration: 1.11.2012 - 30.4.2014

Project partners: Caritas Austria, Caritas International Belgium, Caritas Mongolia, ETTC (Iraq), MaatwerkbijTerugkeer (NL), METAction (Greece), Refugee Action, Weldo (Pakistan)

The project is co-funded by the EU Return Fund – Community Actions 2011.

In case your organisation works with (rejected) asylum seekers and (ir)regular migrants and would like to learn more about specific socio-economic environments in Iraq, Mongolia and Pakistan, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant Focal Points:

Caritas Austria, Ms. Claudia SCHMIDT, for Mongolia.

Caritas Belgium, Ms. Hermien WITTOUCK, for Greece.

MaatwerkbijTerugkeer, Mr. Paul DALLINGA, for Iraq.

Refugee Action UK, Ms. Juliet CUNLIFFE, for Pakistan.