· Involve refugees
from the outset in the planning and coordination of repatriation.
· To facilitate the
reintegration process, prepare refugees by providing information and
counselling. This presupposes that agencies have accurate information about the
conditions/services and facilities available in the country of origin, the
changes that have taken place, and the impact that these may have on the
· Ensure community support by
encouraging refugee communities/groups to repatriate together and by identifying
potential support groups in the country of return.
· Identification of extremely
vulnerable individuals should be undertaken at the time of registration to plan
the assistance required during the movement and reintegration phases of the
· Vulnerability in the camp
setting will not necessarily translate into vulnerability in the home country.
Upon return, vulnerability may be greater for social than medical cases (e.g.
female single-headed households without family support).
· Encourage and support agencies
working with vulnerable groups in the refugee setting to develop programmes in
the country of origin and continue their work with the same population, thereby
ensuring the continuity of services and facilities.
· In providing assistance, avoid
making returnees a privileged group. Set goals and time limits for assistance
and publicize these widely so as to dispel any unrealistic expectations of