Programme Migration for Development

Project description

Title: Programme Migration for Development
Commissioned by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Globa
Lead executing agency: Ministry of State for Emigration and Egyptian Expatriates’ Affairs
Overall term: 2020 to 2023


Many young Egyptians seek to migrate in search of better economic prospects. As many of them lack access to information or do not meet the requirements for regular migration, they often resort to irregular means.

As not all migrants manage to earn a stable income in their new country, many expatriates want to return to Egypt to start afresh.

Significantly, in trying to find better economic prospects abroad, many fail to recognise the opportunities available for them in their home country. Another problem is that there is often a mismatch between the graduates’ skills and qualifications and the needs of the local labour market.


Returning migrants find employment in the Egyptian job market. Young Egyptians have better job opportunities in their home country.


The Migration for Development programme is part of the “Returning to New Opportunities” programme commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

It set up the Egyptian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (EGC) in cooperation with the Ministry of State for Emigration and Egyptian Expatriates’ Affairs under the presidential initiative “Life Saving Boats.” The centre is managed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The EGC offers information and advice on:

  • Economic and social reintegration for Egyptian returnees.
  • Individual career counselling sessions.
  • Training in employability skills.
  • Job placements and employment opportunities in the Arab Republic of Egypt.
  • Provision of information on the risks of irregular migration and the possibilities and requirements for regular migration.
  • Assistance to improve the services of partners from governmental institutions and civil society organisations.
  • Psycho-social support.

Last update: August 2021

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