Are you currently in Germany but thinking about returning to your home country?

You will find initial information and contacts on this website. For example, you can find out whether your travel will be paid for and what other forms of support are available for people who return voluntarily. In particular, the website gives information on prospects and sources of advice in your home country.

Information and advice in Germany

Where do I start?

It is sometimes difficult to know where to start when you have an important decision to make: you have so many questions going round in your head. It will help to write down all your questions and then to start grouping them together. What do you need to know first?
This website provides a range of information and links to more specialised websites. If you have further questions, information and advice is available in Germany.

Telephone hotline

A telephone hotline can help answer initial questions.
The hotline is staffed by the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).

+49 911 943-0
The hotline operates from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 15:00

Find a local counselling centre

Return counselling centres can provide personal advice. You will find these centres all over Germany, usually in towns and cities. Use the search box on the next page to find your nearest centre: just type in the name of the place in Germany where you are currently living.

Search machine for counselling centres

Note: This website is available in several languages. You can select your preferred language by clicking the drop-down menu in the top right hand corner.


You want to return to your country of origin, but have not enough money for buying a ticket? You can have your travel expenses paid by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This applies also if you or a family member is ill and special provisions must be made for the flight.

You can apply for additional support for housing-related costs and medical costs (StarthilfePlus) if you have been in Germany for at least two years with temporary permission under suspension of deportation (Langzeitduldung).

Important note: to leave Germany, you will need authorisation to cross the German border. You can obtain this document from the Foreigners’ Registration Office (‘Ausländerbehörde’). To re-enter your home country, you will need a valid passport or other travel document.

If you are interested in returning to your home country voluntarily, you should obtain professional advice. Return counselling centres can give you this advice. They also deal with applications to have your travel costs paid – of course, this also covers your family’s travel costs if they are in Germany with you. Contact your local return counselling centre and ask about the REAG/GARP programme.

The following links provide more information:

Information about sources of support for returners
Information about additional support within the programme StarthilfePlus

Only available for persons who have had a temporary permission to stay in Germany (“Langzeitduldung”) since two years or more

Search machine for counselling centres

Note: This website is available in several languages. You can select your preferred language by clicking the drop-down menu in the top right hand corner.


Albania is a state in the stage of development and over the course of the last years it has become a country with many new opportunities which didn’t exist before.

A variety of organizations and companies, on local and international level are at hand where you can employ and engage yourself.

Experiences gained abroad are a big advantage when it comes to employing yourself or being innovative into bringing new ideas for entrepreneurship.

Albania offers many advantages – there are good perspectives in the tourism industry and in agriculture, and many other sectors also offer opportunities for training and development.

The local services have been optimized in many ways. Are you looking for training? Or do you need a new job? We can support you and your family across the country with training and help to find work.

The labor market in Albania is looking for people skilled at all educational levels who have the will to put in all their efforts into building a successful future.

Find out more about local opportunities in our advice centre.


Would you like to access advice in Albania itself? The DIMAK Advice Centre can advise you on what is available in the country, including opportunities for training and placements, help with applying for jobs and employment opportunities. DIMAK also runs regular jobs fairs in Albania in conjunction with companies looking for new staff.

Or perhaps you are interested in a job in Germany? DIMAK can also advise you on whether there will be opportunities for you to work in Germany in future. And if you have already completed an apprenticeship or a course of study, DIMAK will help you to find out how you can get your qualifications recognized in Germany.

German Information Centre on Migration, Training and Employment (DIMAK)
DRFPP 4 – Drejtoria Rajonale e Formimit Profesional Publik No.4
Tirana, Albania
+355 69 706 0005
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-12:00
Find the DIMAK Advice Centre on Facebook



The following websites also carry information about jobs vacancies.



You are a woman and want to qualify for the labour market? The Albanian Red Cross helps you in improving your professional and personal skills. The project ‘Integration of Women Into the Labour Market’ helps 250 women per year to attain a tailor certificate. About 50 per cent of these women subsequently find employment (owing to the Red Cross’s excellent network). You can find this programme offer in Korçë, Shkodër, Lezhë, Berat and Tiranë.

Note: The website is available in Albanian and English.



This website offers a range of provision for mobilising and empowering communities.


Other venues offering various services for people in need are located at the centres in Tirane-Durrës, Shkodër-Pult, Rreshëm, Lezha, Elbasan and in the Diocese of Sapa. Here, for example, you can get medical care or attend certain qualification and vocational training programmes. The organisation is moreover engaged in preventing human trafficking. This is why Caritas offers advice and help for people who have become the victim of human trafficking.

Note: The website is available in the Albanian language.


Are you in a financially difficult situation and do you struggle to provide your children with the necessary items for school? The Red Cross supports children with clothing and relevant materials, such as pens and exercise books, to give them the same chance for having a good start into school as other children. In addition, it organises summer camps. These care programmes are particularly aimed at benefiting children from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

The goal is to strengthen the psycho-social development of these children.

Note: The website is available in Albanian and English. You can also easily contact the Albanian Red Cross in person by using the telephone number and email address provided.


APRAD (Association for the Prevention and Rehabilitation from AIDS and Drugs)

The organisation offers care and support for people who, for example, want to get away from drug and alcohol abuse. It moreover provides advice on a range of topics for youths, women, sex workers and persons who have to or have had to serve a prison sentence. These individuals can subject themselves to various tests there. The organisation’s other offers relate to the topics of prevention, sex education, human rights and legal advice.


The organisation provides telephone advice in the following languages: Albanian, English and Italian. However, the contact information on the website is available only in English.


Individuals who have become the victim of torture and inhuman treatment can directly get help here.

Unfortunately, the website is available only in English, but some content is available also in Albanian. Advice in the Albanian language can surely be accessed by using the contact form.


Caritas Albania maintains centres at various sites where a range of target groups can get advice or help.

The day centre “Jetë në Zhvillim” in Fushë-Kruje offers a range of social services for people with mental disabilities. Many group-specific activities over the course of the day help these people to improve their knowledge and skills.

The day centre in Vau-Dejës likewise cares for people with disabilities and supports their personal development. The centre offers many cultural and sportive activities for the entertainment of these individuals. Various psycho-social trainings help to empower them.

Overall, Caritas aims at integrating people with disabilities into society. Do you know someone with a disability? Then please let them or their relatives know about the Caritas day centres.


Is your life made difficult by extreme poverty or other social problems?

Do you need someone to listen to you, give you strength and ideally help you in finding solutions? The Caritas organisation in the Diocese of Sapa runs a clinic on three days a week. You can find help there and develop a plan. This might help you in soon being able to more easily cope with everyday life.

You have no means of attending in person? No problem! You can also contact the counselling centre simply by telephone or online by using the contact form.


Are you in the third stage of life or do you have elderly parents, grandparents or acquaintances who suffer from difficult circumstances in life or are lonely? The Albanian Red Cross maintains a total of nine day centres where elderly people can spend the day. These centres are located in Tiranë, Lezhë, Fier, Durrës, Dibër, Kuçovë, Elbasan, Librazhd and Lushnjë. They provide medical care, amongst other things. The day centres also offer various social activities that make the daily routine more interesting for the elderly people. They gain new vigour thanks to the many activities and care provided by the centres.

Note: The website is available in Albanian and English.