Opting for their home country

09.12.2016 – Many migrants who come to Germany intend to return to their home countries in the long term – for this to succeed, they need prospects.

It is not always easy for people wishing to return to their home countries. Where do they start? Recognising the contribution they make to their nations’ development, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is already supporting returnees. It is also providing opportunities for those who do not wish to leave their home countries.

Individuals returning to their countries of origin from Germany often lack the right information about the options available to them for establishing themselves back home. Consequently, the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), a joint operation of GIZ and the German Federal Employment Agency, has set up the German Information Points for Migration, Vocational Training and Career (DIMAK). A centre has been operating in Kosovo since early 2015 and two others opened recently in Albania and Serbia. Staff inform visitors on an individual basis about the job and training opportunities open to them. Their work is also aimed at returnees, to whom they offer assistance with setting up in their new professional setting back in their home country.

The Kosovar DIMAK has already advised over 10,000 individuals. The DIMAKs also organise job and careers fairs, such as the one in Priŝtina in May 2016, which provided its 5,000 or so visitors with the opportunity to find out about Kosovar and international employers. Over 430 of them were immediately rewarded for attending, as they found a job through the fair. One of them was Arlind Hajredinaj, who heard about the fair via social media and found a new job in the IT sector: ‘My home country is very dear to me,’ says the young Kosovar, ‘and I think that there is great potential for our young people to play a major part in our nation’s development. My new employer also encourages me in my professional development.’

Aicha Touijer © GIZ

A lack of prospects is often what leads people to migrate. Commissioned by the German Government, GIZ is working around the world to help people improve living conditions and create prospects in their home countries. With GIZ’s assistance, training is being provided to 100,000 young people each year. Thousands of small businesses have been set up. Aicha Touijer, a seamstress from Tunisia, is one such entrepreneur: she works for a meagre wage in a clothing factory, but has a long-term dream of running her own fashion studio. Thanks to a start-up competition supported by GIZ, she was able to receive professional advice and purchase an embroidery machine. ‘The support I received from GIZ was very valuable; they provided me with an advisor to help me plan the steps for putting my project into practice. I’m now acquiring new customers of my own and promoting my collection. Before purchasing the machine, I received 200 orders a year, but I now receive five times as many,’ says Ms Toujier. She currently has four employees and can afford to invest some of her revenue in expanding her small business.