Return to Algeria
If you are thinking about returning to Algeria, this page will provide you with information about what allowances are available and which organisations can help you return.
Independent return to your country of origin
Choosing to return to your country yourself is not easy. Sometimes it is difficult to return for practical reasons. For example, if you do not have the necessary travel documents.
Sometimes there are emotional reasons that make the decision to return difficult. For example, feelings of shame, failure or uncertainty about the future. Sometimes you also have to rebuild a social network in your country and search for a home and job.
If you are thinking about leaving the Netherlands, several organisations can help you return to your country of origin. Help from these organisations is free.
Allowances for returning
Basic allowance (REAN)
You will receive a basic allowance according to the REAN scheme. REAN stands for 'Return and Emigration Assistance from the Netherlands'. The REAN scheme reimburses:
An airline ticket
Assistance in obtaining travel documents
€ 200 in cash for an adult and €40 for a child travelling with you. You will receive this cash at Schiphol on the day of departure.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) pays you this allowance. The organisation helping you return can apply to the IOM for the allowance on your behalf.
Organisations that can help you in the Netherlands
VluchtelingenWerk Nederland (VWN)
VluchtelingenWerk Nederland (VWN) can assist you with your return. VWN can also put you in touch with a partner organisation in your country of origin.
VWN only works with partner organisations that do not work for your country's government. You can ask the organisation questions about the situation in your country. For example, about safety, work, healthcare or your family.
In the Netherlands, VWN helps you make a plan for your return. VWN also makes sure that the partner organisation is ready for you when you arrive in your country. VWN and the partner organisation can support you for up to 1 year after your arrival.
GoedWerk Foundation offers return assistance based on your personal situation. GoedWerk Foundation employs people who have also previously returned to their country of origin, social workers and trainers. GoedWerk Foundation prepares you for the return. Goedwerk Foundation cooperates with a partner organisation in your country of origin and supports you in:
Visiting the embassy
Contacting family members
Creating a plan for reintegration compensation
The return journey
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
IOM can help you get off to a good start after returning. Together with IOM, you can spend the REAN allowance after arriving in your country. For example, on a house, an education or starting a business. For this, IOM will put you in contact with the IOM office in your country of origin.
Cooperation organisations in country of origin
VluchtelingenWerk does not have a cooperation partner in Algeria. Other organisations may have a partner in Algeria who could assist you with your return. Contact these organisations for more information or ask your supervisor at VluchtelingenWerk.
If you have opted for IOM support, colleagues at the IOM office in Algeria will help you spend the money. You can use this money for e.g. rent, education, training, purchases for a company, etc.
Other organisations also often work with a local partner in your country of origin. Which one this is and what the partner can do for you may vary.