Cyprus Assisted Voluntary Return Programme: Developing a Sustainable Pre-Departure Policy

Stefanos Spaneas, Agamemnonas Zachariades, Despina Cochliou

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The chapter draws attention to a contemporary social phenomenon; Assisted Voluntary Return. It is considered an integral aspect of a wider migration management policy aiming at dignified and humane return of Third Country Nationals who have exhausted all options for legal temporary residence permit. It discusses the design and implementation of the first AVR programme in Cyprus and reflects on the experience gained. A number of prohibitive and enabler factors both at strategic and operational levels are important to be understood and procedures to be carefully designed, leading to effective changes for achieving greater quality of services. A conceptual framework is advocated for implementing AVR pre-departure processes in an attempt to build a multi-disciplinary responsiveness of key agencies in the field.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImmigrants and Refugees in Times of Crisis
EditorsTheodoros Fouskas
PublisherEuropean Public Law Organisation
Publication statusIn preparation - 2019


  • Assisted Voluntary Return
  • Pre-Departure Policy
  • irregular migrants


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