Repatriation and return

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In some cases, victims will be eager to return to their country of origin after having regained their freedom or once criminal proceedings have been completed. Other victims with no legal right to remain in the Netherlands will have to be repatriated after criminal proceedings have been completed. There are various organisations that offer support for this process.

Safe Future Methodology

Six shelter organisations and CoMensha work with the Safe Future Methodology, which raises safe return and repatriation from the beginning of the supervision process. These partner organisations include the COSMs (HVO Querido, Humanitas PMW and Jade Zorggroep), Moviera, Het Kopland and Blijf Groep. Clients who wish to return to their country of origin will receive assistance in the preparation for their departure. Where possible, a support organisation within the country of origin is contacted in advance to assist with the individual’s reintegration into society. An extensive international social map is available for this purpose.

For more information on the Safe Future Methodology, please click here.

International cooperation

Occasionally, cooperation with professionals from other countries is either desirable or necessary when providing support to victims who are foreign nationals or to Dutch victims who have faced exploitation abroad. A key area for cooperation includes repatriation and return. The following two projects have developed practical products for use by professionals in cross-border cooperation to support victims of human trafficking.

The Hungarian Ministry of the Interior, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice and the Belgian NGO Payoke collaborated to implement the project Referral of and assistance for victims of human trafficking in Europe (Ravot) from 1 February 2014 to 31 January 2016.

This project led to the development of a manual that clearly outlines the organisation of the support system for victims of human trafficking in these three countries. In addition, a website was set up which integrated the various national referral mechanisms of the three countries into one flow chart. The website also includes an interactive map that shows all the relevant aid and support organisations in the three countries. Please click here for the manual.

Benelux brochure
A brochure was developed through a collaborative effort of the Benelux partners, outlining the referral mechanisms of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The brochure also included the contact details of organisations with a key role in addressing human trafficking and in supporting victims. Please click here for the brochure.


Dutch policy regarding forced return focuses on the individual responsibility of the foreign national to ensure their own return. In cases of voluntary return, the foreign national may receive assistance from the Dutch Government. Only when the foreign national does not wish to leave voluntarily and does not accept assistance from the Repatriation and Departure Service (or other organisations) may measures be taken to ensure that they leave the country.

The following organisations are able to provide more extensive support and/or supervision to victims of human trafficking in specific cases regarding return to and reintegration into their country of origin: