ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT RETURNING HOME AND THE NEW OPPORTUNITIES YOU CAN FIND THERE?

INFORMATION AND ADVICE IN GERMANY


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

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.

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

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.

Information and advice in NIGERIA

Much has changed over the past years in Nigeria. Nigeria is one of the economically most successful countries in Africa. This results in challenges as well as many opportunities. Many people from Nigeria have emigrated to other countries in their search for a successful future. Yet Nigeria urgently needs qualified professionals, people who have been trained well and have innovative ideas. Individuals with a university degree or vocational training qualification have good prospects in the labour market for finding a job or becoming self-employed to create a successful future for themselves and their family.

GIZ is working on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to set up an advisory centre. As soon as this centre begins operating, we will publicise additional reintegration support in your country of origin on this website.


JOB SEARCH

EMPLOYMENT AGENCY

You are looking for a job? You will find vacancies and other information for your job search on the labour ministry’s platform ‘National Electronic Labour Exchange’ (NELEX):

 

JOB MARKETS

You can also look for job vacancies on the following websites.


TRAININGS

CENTRE FOR YOUTHS INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT (CYID)

You want to attain commercial competences? The Centre for Youths Integrated Development (CYID), for example, offers training courses in this field. The CYID moreover provides returnees attending such training with support such as psycho-social counselling and temporary accommodation.

LAGOS STATE EMPLOYMENT TRUST FUND (LSETF)

You are from Lagos, between 18 and 35 years of age and currently unemployed or underemployed? Then you can apply with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) for courses in various fields of occupation:

NATIONAL AGENCY FOR THE PROHIBITION OF TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS (NAPTIP)

NAPTIP offers advanced vocational training courses for victims of human trafficking. More information and contact details under:

 


BUSINESS FORMATION

SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES DEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF NIGERIA (SMEDAN)

You would like to establish your own little business? Then you could contact the local offices of the ‘Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria’ (SMEDAN) for advice and support:

ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT CENTRES OF CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN)

The regional centres of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) likewise offer advice and courses on the topic of business formation:

CENTRE FOR YOUTHS INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT (CYID)

You want to acquire competences for building your own business? The Centre for Youths Integrated Development (CYID), for example, offers training courses in this field. The CYID moreover provides returnees attending such a training with support such as psycho-social counselling and temporary accommodation.

LEAD RESOURCES

The LEAD Resources agency offers advice, training, coworking spaces and other support for business founders and freelance professionals.

PATHFINDERS JUSTICE INITIATIVE (PJI)

The Pathfinders Justice Initiative (PJI) offers advanced vocational training and business formation training as well as grants for survivors of sexual exploitation, violence and human trafficking. PJI also supports affected women with free medical help and legal advice.


SOCIAL SERVICES

NATIONAL AGENCY FOR THE PROHIBITION OF TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS (NAPTIP)

NAPTIP offers wide-ranging support for victims of human trafficking, such as temporary accommodation, counselling, medical care and educational programmes. More information and contact details under:

PATHFINDERS JUSTICE INITIATIVE (PJI)

Victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation can also turn to the Pathfinders Justice Initiative (PJI) for comprehensive, free support, including counselling and health care, advanced vocational training, grants and start-up funding. The PJI’s ‘The Anchor’ Rehab Centre in Benin City moreover provides temporary accommodation.