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Reintegration: Promotion Measures for Returning Experts


More than half of the seven million or so foreigners living in Germany come from cooperation countries of German development cooperation. Many of them are well-trained and experienced experts. The reintegration promotion measures of the BMZ aim to harness the know-how of these individuals for the economic and social development of their home countries.

The programme addresses foreign citizens who would like to return to their home country. It facilitates the return, by providing advice, job placement, and subsidies. The aim is to provide returnees with jobs in their home country in which they can put their expertise to maximum use for the development of their country. In 2008 the BMZ provided about 7.2 million euros for the various promotion approaches used in this context.

The GIZ is contracted to implement the Returning Experts Programme through CIM (Centre for International Migration and Development). CIM is a working group comprising the GIZ and the International Placement Service (ZAV) of the Federal Employment Agency. The programme cooperates with, among others, the World University Service (WUS). The Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG) will supervise the handling of business start-up programmes launched at an earlier date.

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