Strengthening host regions
Globally, the majority of those displaced from their home countries flee to neighbouring countries, and these are often among the poorest in the world. This means that around 86 per cent of refugees worldwide are currently living in developing countries, where resources and infrastructure services are usually barely sufficient to cover the needs of the local population. GIZ supports the receiving regions in developing countries and emerging economies with projects that benefit refugees and the local population alike. This not only diffuses possible conflicts, but also creates long-term prospects for all.
Vocational training in Iraq
GIZ also supports vocational training for refugees. One example is the welding workshop run by the Jiner vocational training centre in Dohuk, the capital of the province of the same name in the autonomous region of Kurdistan. Fifteen future welders are being trained up as part of a 40-day programme to improve their employment prospects. A total of 6,000 individuals are set to qualify as welders, electricians and plumbers by the end of 2018.
And training is also provided in other trades, especially construction and agriculture, but also confectionery and computer technology. A labour market study was conducted first to identify sectors requiring workers and then training courses were designed accordingly. As a result, participants have a good chance of finding employment.