Victims of Trafficking and Foreign Citizens in Prostitution

Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration for Victims of Trafficking and Foreign Citizens in Prostitution in Sweden (AVRRTiPP-SWE IV)

Since 2012 the AVRRTiPP-SWE programme has provided assistance to migrants who are exposed to trafficking in human beings and/or to prostitution in Sweden. The programme assists both EU nationals and third country nationals. 

Until the end of 2017, the programme was funded by the County Administrative Board of Stockholm  who had a national mandate to coordinate counter-trafficking activities in Sweden. Since the beginning of 2018 this mandate is held by  the newly established Swedish Gender Equality Agency, which nows funds the programme. Potential beneficiaries are identified by Swedish regional anti-trafficking coordinators in cooperation with IOM Finland.Swedish Gender Equality Agency, which nows funds the programme. Potential beneficiaries are identified by Swedish regional anti-trafficking coordinators in cooperation with IOM Finland. 

IOM Finland supports regional anti-trafficking coordinators, NGOs, social workers, and SMA officers to plan and arrange Assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR) in a safe, humane and sustainable manner. This support can for instance be: 

  • To inform the potential beneficiaries of the possibility of AVRR,  
  • To counsel them on the return process and on possibilities for reintegration 
  • To conduct assessments on risks, needs and health 
  • To arrange the beneficiaries’ travel, for instance help them to obtain a travel document, purchase flight tickets, and arrange an escort if necessary 
  • To provide transit and arrival assistance 
  • To provide each beneficiary with individually tailored reintegration support  

The reintegration support and monitoring after the return are implemented in close cooperation with the local IOM missions and other actors in the countries of return. The returnee creates a reintegration plan suitable to her or his specific needs, with the help of these parties and with the coordination of IOM Finland. IOM stays in touch with each returnee for at least the duration of the reintegration process. IOM Finland also supports the beneficiaries’ access to justice. This can include, for example, informing the returnee of developments in the investigation or court proceedings concerning their trafficking case, or coordinating her or his participation in a trial in Sweden. 

For more information contact IOM Helsinki:
E-mail: AVRRTIPPSweden@iom.int
Tel.: +358 40 350 9436 or +358 40 628 1182

Information in Swedish on the project