Assistance available in Germany:
The programme focuses on individual advice – from preparation in Germany to a new start in the country of origin. In order to provide those interested in returning with the appropriate information while they are still in Germany, all the essential information on advisory ser-vices and prospects in the countries of origin can be found on the Startfinder website and is tailored to the specific target group.
The programme is also working closely with towns and communities in Germany. It supports services provided by charities and social agencies that offer training courses or advice on returning. Coaching sessions can make it easier to enter the world of work or take up further vocational training in their country of origin, for example.
In selected municipalities and at church and social agencies such as Caritas or the German Workers’ Welfare Association (AWO), reintegration scouts provide a link between returnee advice in Germany and existing services in the countries of origin. The reintegration scouts support the advice centres by establishing contacts in each country and by providing information on employment prospects and local support services, such as guidance on starting up a business or vocational education and training.
In cooperation with private sector organisations, including the Chamber of Engineers in Stuttgart, the German Adult Education Association, the non-profit organisation Social Impact and the social start-up Kiron Open Higher Education, GIZ also offers returnees the oppor-tunity to participate in courses to gain professional qualifications. They include courses for civil engineers and various skilled trades, business start-up training, foreign language and IT courses, and online degree programmes.
A successful fresh start in the country of origin:
A successful return therefore begins in Germany and is supported with services in the country of origin. To support people during reintegration, the programme is working together with national partners to operate advisory centres for jobs, migration and reintegration. There are currently centres in Albania, Ghana, Iraq, Kosovo, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Serbia and Tunisia. Advisory services are offered in Afghanistan in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Advisory centres in Egypt and Pakistan are currently being planned.
The advisory centres offer individual advice and information on training and employment options, organise job and career fairs, hold information events, and offer job application training. As well as providing advice, the programme offers a range of courses, vocational training measures and psychosocial support services that enable interested parties to improve their chances on the labour market. People who opt for self-employment can benefit from training and support for starting up a business.
The programme is operating the advisory centres together with the respective national labour administration authorities and employment agencies. Moreover, they are working in close collaboration with various other projects that GIZ is implementing for the German Govern-ment, with civil society, with the private sector, with international organisations and with local institutions. They are taking a broad advisory approach, focusing not only on those returning from Germany or third countries, but also on internally displaced persons and the local population, allowing them to obtain advice on employment opportunities in the country concerned, on the requirements for regular migration and on the risks of irregular migration.