Where do I start?

It’s 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. What do you need to know first?
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 9430
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 place in Germany where you are currently living.

Search machine for counselling centres

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.

Travel support

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 moreover receive some cash for the journey and the first period following your return.

You can apply for additional financial support depending on your residence status.

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.

It is best to get professional advice if you are interested in returning to your home country. You can also apply for takeover of the costs for your return journey at the advice centres. Of course you can do this also together with your family if they too are in Germany. Ask the advice centre about the programmes REAG/GARP and StarthilfePlus.

The following links provide more information:

Information on repatriation assistance programmes (REAG/GARP)
Information on additional start-up assistance for returnees (StarthilfePlus)
Search machine for counselling centres

Information and advice in IRAQ

Opportunities in Iraq

Iraq has been ravaged in recent years by cycles of warfare, a growing refugee crisis, crippling sectarianism, and the violent spread of the self-styled Islamic State extremist movement (ISIS).

Yet despite all of this the country is changing for the better. In many sectors the economy is expanding and the opportunities are growing. To support the Iraq’s development, qualified individuals and degree holders are required.

Many companies both local and international are in need of Iraqi talent to support their operations within Iraq.  Individuals and families seeking new opportunities, specialty the ones who have recently returned to the country sometimes find it difficult to obtain the right information and advice on job placements, business start-ups or other opportunities, the German Centre for Job and Reintegration in Iraq is here to assist returnees with advice, guidance and capacity building support.

Contact the German Centre for Jobs, Migrationand Reintegration in Iraq to find out more.

German Centre for jobs, migration and reintegration (GMAC)

Would you like to receive support from the German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration in Iraq? Our centre provides you with information on existing opportunities in advanced training, job search and social support in Iraq. The centre has several joint initiatives with companies and organisations to support you in gaining a foothold in Iraq and putting you on your future path.

Visit us or contact us by telephone, email or Facebook.

242 Italian City 1
Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq
+964 (0) 751 741 1655
(available from 10:00 – 14:00)
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Programmes in Iraq

Restart Your Future at Home


Persons, who are planning their return to Northern Iraq or have already returned, can be supported within the framework of the BMZ program “Return to new opportunities”, which is realized by the GIZ.

The aim of the reintegration project, which is implemented by the experienced ETTC Reintegration Team, is focused, in particular, to the economic integration and the start of a professional future for Iraqi nationals who return to the autonomous region of Kurdistan. They are individually supported under the following conditions:

  • Relevant documents prove that they are or have been refugees or asylum seekers in Germany
  • They are older than 16 and plan to start or continue education, enter the local labour market, or start a small business.
  • They have declared willingness to attend a training course in Iraq / Kurdish region after return. In the course the participants are trained to prepare their professional goals. They learn to apply for a job in local and international organizations and private companies as well as to set up a small business.
  • After successful participation, including the development of an individual career plan, the participants can be supported for first steps with up to 1000 Euro.

The ETTC Reintegration Team, based in Erbil, Sulaimaniyah and Dohuk will also provide support in:

  • Looking for a job and get in touch with a potential employer.
  • Re-starting education or university studies.
  • Developing and starting with a business idea.

Furthermore, ETTC recommends further local or international programs, where returnees can be supported.
Erbil: +964 750 727 90 95
Duhok: +964 750 331 70 01
Sulaimaniyah: +964 750 104 58 39

Facilitating Sustainable Reintegration for Iraqi Returnees

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Launched in January 2018, the two-year project “Facilitating Sustainable Reintegration for Iraqi Returnees from Germany” is developed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) country office in Iraq and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit(GIZ).

Who can apply? The following applicants should approach the Migration Advice Center in Erbil or any IOM office in Iraq:

  • You have returned from Germany in 2016, 2017 or you are returning in 2018 or 2019;
  • You have returned from another EU country in 2016, 2017 or you are returning in 2018 or 2019, and you have not benefited from reintegration support from IOM or another organization;
  • You have been displaced, or your community has been affected by displacement inside Iraq.

Contact Us


Baghdad: Al-Karkh
Karada Maryam close to Republican bridge, inside MOMD building
07713795997 - 07811240618
Basra: Basra city
Cornish Al-ashar, inside MDO
Erbil: Building No. 319/245-5. Next to Hungarian Consulate
Gulan Street, close to old Baharka street
07507189486 - 07517416030
Dohuk: inside Sham Motel 2
Mazi Road, close to Polytechnic University
Sulaymaniyah: inside Rand Gallery
Opposite Khasro Xal bridge

Finding employment:

The labour market is divided into a public and a private sector. Public sector opportunities include positions within governmental institutions in the fields of Governance, Administration, Medicine, Technology, Education, Agriculture, Media, Law and Law Enforcement, Social Science as well as numerous others.

The private sector has played a key role in the development of the country for the past ten years. The private sector usually presents opportunities for job seekers in various industries such as Banking, Oil and Gas, Construction, Hospitality and Events Management, Leisure and Tourism, Marketing and PR, Transport and Logistics, Education, Medicine, Business Consulting and Management, Services, Manufacturing and Production and various others. The private sector also offers a wide range of self-employment options.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) runs centres in each of Erbil, Sulaimaniyah and Duhok Governorates for you to visit and receive information and assistance on employment in both the public and private sector.

Please contact the “German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration” (MAC) if you would like to receive support in contacting your nearest job centre. You can find the contact details here.

Kurdistan Works

Kurdistan Works is a job portal provided and run by the Kurdistan Regional Government focusing on vacancies and internship opportunities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

NCCI Iraq Jobs

Focuses on Humanitarian and NGO vacancies.

Job search, CV library

UN Jobs

Focuses on Humanitarian and NGO vacancies

All Sectors


Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Kurdistan Regional Government

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) provides orientation and supports individuals in expanding their occupational skills. MoLSA has six Vocational Training Centers (VTC) throughout the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The main ones are located in Erbil, Sulaimaniyah and Duhok; others are in Soran, Garmiyan and Zakho.

The European Technology and Training Centre (ETTC)

ETTC offers vocational training and special courses for people returning to Iraq. They are active in Erbil, Duhok and Suleimaniyah.The training is open to men and women alike. Literacy and numeracy lessons are included in the curriculum when necessary.

You can contact ETTC through:

Nawrooz Str., beside Municipality 6
Erbil, Iraq
+964 (0) 750 727 9095


European Technology and Training Centre (ETTC)

Swedish Academy for Training

The Swedish Academy for Training is a vocational skill training centre established by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in partnership with  Scania.  The Academy targets unemployed persons below the age of 30. It offers a chance to obtain relevant skills and to find professional employment.

You can contact Swedish Academy for Training through:

Ronkay Quarter
Erbil, Iraq
+964 (0) 771 441 2197
Swedish Academy


Public and private education are both available in Iraq. Prospective students can register in schools if they are Iraqi nationals or have legal status in the country. Relevant criteria must be met such as age and previous education. For returnees the process might require qualification equalisation.

Re-enrolling in the Education system in Iraq

Higher Education re-enrolment is managed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Students and individuals wishing to re-enrol back into the education system are required to visit the Directorate of Evaluation and Examination to learn more about the reenrolment criteria for both private and public education institutions. The ministry offers services and support to assist with certificate and degree equalisation.

Erbil Office:

Directorate of Evaluation and Examination

Koya Road opposite Rizgary Teaching Hospital, Erbil

Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research

Ministry of Higher Education, Kirkuk Road, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

If you would like to receive assistance and support with re-enrolling back into the education system, please contact the “German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration” (MAC). You can find the contact details here.

Social care

The “German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration” (MAC) provides social work, personal care, protection or social support. Individuals who have been a victim of torture or inhumane treatment can directly get help by contacting our centre. We can support and offer guidance in cooperation with our partners. The variety of different programs depicts the holistic approach that is based on experience in Iraq’s post-repressive society.

Contact us for more information regarding this topic and to make an appointment.

German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (MAC)
Italian Village, Villa 242
Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq
+964 (0) 751 741 1655
(available from 10:00-14:00)
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Health care services in Iraq

The Ministry of Health regulates both the public and private healthcare sector in Iraq. Public hospitals offer a range of services from emergency to in- and outpatient care. Many consultants working in the public sector run private consultancy clinics in the afternoon.

The healthcare system in Iraq is centralised and focuses on hospitals. In recent years the private healthcare sector has played a major role in expanding the range of healthcare services provided in the country with the introduction of primary healthcare and healthcare complexes. Private healthcare might not be possible for everyone due to the higher financial costs.

Contact us for more information regarding specific healthcare needs.

German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (MAC)
Italian Village, Villa 242
Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq
+964 (0) 751 741 1655
(available from 10:00-14:00)
Visit us on Facebook!