Focus: Displacement and Migration

People leave their homes for a variety of reasons. Many are economic migrants looking for work or training opportunities in other countries. Others are forced to leave as a result of war or violence, or because they are being persecuted for religious or political reasons or due to their sexual identity. At the end of 2016, there were a total of over 65 million forcibly displaced people around the world. Many sought sanctuary abroad, but the vast majority remained in their home countries.

Displaced people need both support and prospects for a better future. GIZ’s work therefore combines short-term assistance with medium and long-term projects. We support refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the host countries. We provide advice on legal opportunities for migration as well as local work and training opportunities in the home country. In the long term we help improve the prospects of many migrants in their countries of origin.