The European Return Fund

The European Return Fund is one of the four financial instruments of the General Programme on "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" which encourages a fair share of responsibilities between Member States arising from the introduction of integrated management of the external borders and from the implementation of common policies on asylum and immigration. The other three Funds are: the European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals, the External Borders Fund and the European Refugee Fund.

The European Return Fund establishes a financial solidarity mechanism to support the efforts of Member States to improve the management of return in all its dimensions through the use of the concept of integrated return management, with a preference to voluntary return and with a view to supporting a fair and effective implementation of common standards on return. The Fund will also support joint return actions including several Member States.

The overall budget of this Fund for 2008-2013 is € 676 million, distributed as follows:

  • € 632,9 million distributed among Member States on the basis of objective criteria, i.e. the number of third country nationals subject or having been subject to return measures;
  • € 43,1 million (7% of the total annual resources each year as from 2009) directly managed by the Commission and dedicated to Community actions.


Ireland is now inviting proposals for projects to be supported through the European Return Fund in accordance with Ireland's Annual Programme 2013.áThe closing date for applications is 5 p.m. onáFriday 1st November 2013.

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Call for Applications 2013 (Size 30KB)á This document is a pdf

Annual Programme 2013 (Size 92KB)á This document is a pdf

Application Guidelines 2013 (Size 96KB)á This document is a pdf

Application Form 2013á(Size 168KB)á MS Word Icon

Annual Programme 2012 (Size 94KB)á This document is a pdf

Guidelines for 2012 Applications 2012 (Size 92KB)á This document is a pdf

Application Form European Return Fund 2012 (Size 167KB)á MS Word Icon

Call for Applications 2011 (Size 30KB)á This document is a pdf

Guidelines for Applications 2011 (Size 92KB)á This document is a pdf

Call for Proposals AP 2011á(Size 153KB)á This document is a pdf

Annual Programme 2011á(Size 63KB)á This document is a pdf

Multi-Annual Programme 2011á(116KB)á This document is a pdf

Advertisement 2010 Fund (30KB)á This document is a pdf

Guidelines for applications submitted under European Return Fund 2010 (92KB)á This document is a pdf

Application Form European Return Fund 2010 (157KB)á This document is a pdf

Multi-Annual Programme 2010 (112KB)á This document is a pdf

Annual Programme 2010 (61KB)á This document is a pdf

Multi-Annual Programme - Return Fund (130KB) This document is a pdf

Annual Programme 2009 (56KB) This document is a pdf

Annual Programme 2008 (37KB) This document is a pdf

List of Final Beneficiaries of the 2010 Annual Programme (14KB) This document is a pdf

List of Final Beneficiaries of the 2009 Annual Programme (14KB) This document is a pdf

List of Final Beneficiaries of the 2008 Annual Programme (13KB) This document is a pdf