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Assistance for voluntary return by country

The assistance can be either cash or in-kind support. You select the form of support when submitting your application. 

Cash assistance

The amount of cash assistance depends on the country of return:

normal assistance EUR 1,500
assistance for a child EUR 750

A) Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iraq, Yemen, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda, Zambia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Chad, Uganda, Zimbabwe

normal assistance EUR 800
assistance for a child EUR 500


B) Armenia, Bolivia, Egypt, El Salvador, the Philippines, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, India, Iran, Jordan, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of the Congo, the West Bank, Morocco, Moldova, Nicaragua, Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam

normal assistance EUR 500
assistance for a child EUR 300


C) Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, South Africa, Gabon, Georgia, Jamaica, Columbia, Cuba, China, Kazakhstan, Libya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uruguay, Belarus, Venezuela

normal assistance EUR 200
assistance for a child EUR 100


D) Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia and the Member States of the European Union. 

Assistance for voluntary return is granted to an EU citizen only if he or she is the victim of human trafficking.

If the country cannot be found from these lists, the Finnish Immigration Service will determine the group to which the country belongs.

Increased assistance

An increased amount of assistance may be granted if this is justifiable due to the applicant's age, injury, illness, family circumstances, or some other personal reason. Increased assistance can also be granted to a victim of human trafficking or an underage child returning without his or her guardian.

Regardless of the country, the maximum amount of increased assistance is:

  • EUR 2,000 per adult, and
  • EUR 1,000 per child.

If you are applying for increased assistance, please explain in your application form why you need more assistance for your reintegration. 

Decreased assistance

A decreased amount of assistance may be granted, or the assistance may be denied altogether, if there are grounds for suspecting that the applicant intends to abuse the assistance system. The amount of assistance will be reduced if you have income or assets, or you have stayed away from your home country for only a short time.

In-kind support

You can select in-kind support as the form of assistance. The amount of in-kind support depends on the country of return. In category A countries, the amount of in-kind support is EUR 5,000 per adult and EUR 1,500 per child. In category B, C and D countries, the amounts are EUR 3,000 per adult and EUR 1,500 per child. In-kind support is not available in Italy, but cash assistance can be provided for Italy. 

  A B, C, D
normaal assistance EUR 5,000 EUR 3,000
Child assistance EUR 1,500 EUR 1,500