To explore how to improve the sustainability of reintegration programmes, drawing on current experience, and contribute to the understanding of how to monitor and evaluate such programmes, the OECD Secretariat, with support from the German Corporation for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH – GIZ), commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, organised a peer-learning exercise in 2019 and 2020. From June 2019 through February 2020, the OECD Secretariat, along with project partners from both interior and development ministries of eight European countries, participated in Study Visits in different European countries (Switzerland, France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway) and in origin countries (Tunisia, Kosovo and Senegal). The visits encompassed the EU level; European OECD countries (Bern, Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Copenhagen, Malmö and Oslo); and origin countries (Tunis, Pristina, Dakar). In total, more than 100 stakeholders participated in the study tours, presenting and discussing programme objectives, design and outcomes. The findings have been further informed by the involvement of other actors, including potential returnees and returnees, diaspora organisations and civil society. The OECD also conducted analyses of specific return corridors.

The report includes the findings of these study tours. Initial project findings were discussed in a series of workshops in June 2020 with project partners and additional participants including scholars and representatives of international organisations. An earlier version of the study findings was presented at the OECD Working Party on Migration in June 2020.

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