Voluntary Return

IOM Ireland

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration, providing services and advice to governments and migrants with the aim of promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. In Ireland, IOM provides assistance with voluntary return, family reunification, counter-trafficking and resettlement.

You have the option of voluntarily returning to your country of origin/habitual residence at any stage of the single procedure. If you decide to voluntarily return the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) may be able to provide you with support and advice, including financial assistance for your travel. The voluntary return unit of Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) may also be able to provide you with assistance.

In order to avail of voluntary return during the process, you must either withdraw your asylum application with the International Protection Office (IPO) or withdraw your appeal with the International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT). The Minister will also inform you of the possibility of voluntarily retuning to your country of origin/habitual residence at the end of the process should you be refused international protection in Ireland and you are not granted permission to remain. To learn more, please see this video:


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