Making a fresh start back home: support for returnees

Advisory services and training courses enhance the job prospects of refugees and migrants returning to their homeland.

Some refugees and migrants, who came to Germany for a variety of reasons, would now like to return to their homeland, but are unsure what prospects and opportunities they will have there. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH gives these people a better chance of getting off to a good start.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ is giving support to migrants from selected countries so that they will find it easier to make their return a success. These countries initially include Albania, Kosovo and Serbia, and also Tunisia, Morocco and Nigeria.

One-to-one advice and training, informative websites and a telephone hotline are helping people to plan for their return while still in Germany and to get settled in once they are back in their homeland.

Support is not just aimed at those returning home from Germany, however. GIZ is also offering people who already live in these countries comprehensive advisory services and training courses – for example, to help them set up their own businesses. Staff in the German centres for jobs, migration and reintegration can talk to people individually about job opportunities in their homeland. They also provide information about further training and employment promotion activities run by other German development cooperation projects.

Between 2010 and 2015 alone, GIZ helped almost 900,000 people across the world to find employment – and with the company’s support, more than one million people received initial and advanced training.

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