Assisted Voluntary Return Programme: the case of Cyprus

Stefanos Spaneas, Agamemnonas Zachariades

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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
front line. 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
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)10-16
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Humanities and Social Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • Assisted Voluntary Return
  • Migration
  • Cyprus


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