Making a successful fresh start possible in countries of origin

Project description

Title: Migration for Development (PME) Programme
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Countries: Global programme; currently being implemented in several countries: Albania, Egypt, The Gambia, Ghana, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Serbia, Tunisia​​​​​​​
Lead executing agency: National partner organisations such as ministries, employment services and agencies, or advisory centres/local offices for reintegration and return​​​​​​​
Overall term: 2017 to 2023



More and more people around the world are leaving their homes. In addition to crises and conflicts, reasons often include a lack of job opportunities. Many people would like to stay in their home countries or return and make a fresh start. Faced with these difficult decisions, comprehensive advice is needed on the opportunities available in the countries of origin and how to reintegrate successfully.


The prospects for economic and social participation in selected countries of origin for returnees, the local population and internally displaced people have improved.



The programme supports vocational training in Germany and advisory services for returnees, making it easier for them to make a fresh start in their countries of origin.

Support in Germany

The focus is on advising individuals on social and employment prospects ­– from preparation in Germany to a fresh start in the country of origin. In Germany, the programme works with selected executing organisations to offer returnees vocational training measures. In addition to the services provided by the advisory centres, there are also ‘reintegration scouts’ who provide information about opportunities in the countries of origin. 

Support in the country of origin

Together with national partner institutions, the programme runs advisory centres for jobs, migration and reintegration in 12 countries of origin. The centres are designed to cater not only to returnees from Germany and third countries, but also to internally displaced people and the local population. They provide advice on social and employment prospects in the country in question and offer training courses, vocational skills development and psychosocial support services, so that people can improve their prospects on the job market. 

The advisory centres work closely with other projects German development cooperation projects and with civil society, the private sector, international organisations and local institutions.


Last update: July 2022

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