Creating prospects
Strengthening host regions
Supporting refugees
Shaping migration

Helping entrepreneurs in Tunisia

GIZ supports founders of small businesses, like Aicha Toujier, to help them realise their dreams.

Business development in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, GIZ provides measures to increase employment and income levels.

Succesful return

After completing his medical training in Germany, Prince Kwakye Afriyie now works in a hospital in his native Ghana.


Across the globe, more than 280 million people are on the move. In search of a better life, many have set out on their own accord, but around 65 million people are refugees. Two thirds of them have fled within their home countries and are internally displaced persons. Refugees are on the run from war or violence, from religious or political persecution or from discrimination due to their sexual orientation. The vast majority of migrants and refugees are hosted by developing countries and emerging economies.

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The reasons people leave their homes and countries are many and varied and they often overlap. Many simply do not see any prospects for themselves and their children. Creating a future for people locally is therefore a key focal area of GIZ's work, one that aims to give them a reason to stay. We help by improving supplies of foodstuffs, creating training opportunities and job prospects and promoting economic development.
Creating prospects

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Most refugees flee to developing countries and emerging economies, many of which are poorly equipped for such a challenge. Often existing resources and infrastructure are barely sufficient to meet the needs of the country's own population. GIZ therefore supports the host regions in these countries with projects that deliver equal benefits to refugees and the local population. This not only diffuses conflicts but creates long-term prospects for everyone involved.
Strengthening host regions

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GIZ assists people who are in the process of fleeing and also those who wish to return their former homeland. Where large numbers of refugees are seeking shelter, we deliver medical and psychosocial care and help organise communal life. GIZ uses employment programmes to get the homeless and jobless back into steady earnings and to give them access to professional training. As part of its ‘no lost generation’ strategy, it also organises school lessons for children. Furthermore, GIZ helps returnees to settle back into their country of origin and ensures they can harness their contacts and apply their know-how.
Supporting refugees

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There are some big opportunities and potential to be leveraged from migration – not only by individuals, but by entire communities and regions. The host countries profit from migrant labour while the countries of origin benefit from returnees and other forms of support that migrants usually provide for relatives and friends who have stayed behind. GIZ assists migrants as they build a new future for themselves. It offers one-on-one consultancy on migration options but also on the possibilities for accessing basic and further training at home. Furthermore, it supports migrants by organising services, such as safe money transfers. Meanwhile, those migrants who return home with their newly acquired expertise can count on GIZ’s support as they disseminate their knowledge and help move things forward locally.
Shaping migration