The programme supports professional training in Germany, along with advice on returning, and makes it easier for returnees to start over in their countries of origin.
Assistance available in Germany:
The focus is on individual advice regarding social and professional prospects – from preparation in Germany to a fresh start in the country of origin. The programme provides returnees with vocational training measures in Germany and, to this end, works in collaboration with selected executing organisations – including the Kreishandwerkerschaft Duisburg (Duisburg skilled trades guild) and the Gastronomisches Bildungszentrum Koblenz (Koblenz catering training centre). Their courses include business start-up training, foreign languages and IT, and online degree programmes.
‘Reintegration scouts’ inform returnee advice centres in Germany about existing support in the countries of origin. The programme thus forms a link between advisory services for returnees in Germany and reintegration in their home country. The Startfinder website serves as a first point of contact and bundles the relevant information for returnee advisors and those interested in returning home.
A successful fresh start in the country of origin:
The programme operates advisory centres for jobs, migration and reintegration in the countries of origin together with national partner institutions. There are currently centres in Afghanistan, Albania, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Kosovo, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Serbia and Tunisia. An advisory centre in The Gambia is planned.
The centres are aimed not only at returnees from Germany and third countries, but also at internally displaced persons and the local population. They offer individual advice on the social and professional prospects in the country concerned and provide interested parties with training courses, vocational skills development and psychosocial support services, with which they can improve their opportunities on the labour market.
The advisory centres work closely together with other German development cooperation projects, civil society, the private sector, international organisations and local institutions.