Assistance available in Germany:
The programme focuses on individual advice. Persons who are interested in returning to their country of origin, receive support, from preparation in Germany to a new start back home. The website Startfinder provides all the essential information on advisory services and individual support measures in the countries of origin, on available reintegration measures 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 reintegration. Coaching sessions can make it easier to enter the world of work or take up further vocational training in the countries of origin, for example.
In selected municipalities and at church and social agencies so-called reintegration scouts provide a link between return 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 GIZ also offers returnees the opportunity 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.
A successful fresh start in the country of origin:
Not only people who return to their countries of origin need support. There are many people within the local population who seek for prospects on site, too, and often think about migrating. To support all these people, the programme is working together with national partners to operate Advice 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, The Gambia and Pakistan are currently being planned.
The advisory centres offer individual advice and information on training, employment and reintegration 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 in cooperation with the respective national labour administration authorities and employment agencies. Together with approximately 25 regional or bilateral programmes of GIZ, they implement the programme “Returning to New Opportunities” on site and therefore collaborate closely with civil society, with the private sector, with international organisations and with local institutions. They are taking a broad advisory approach, focusing on all people on site: local population, returnees from Germany or third countries, and internally displaced persons, allowing them to obtain advice on employment opportunities in the country concerned.