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 kinds 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’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 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 9430
The hotline operates from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 15:00


Return counselling centres can advise you in person. 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.


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 additional start-up assistance for returnees (StarthilfePlus)
Information on repatriation assistance programmes (REAG/GARP)
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.



Tunisia has undergone enormous changes since the Arab Spring, and the country continues to change. In many sectors, the economy is expanding, exports are increasing, and more foreign tourists are now returning to Tunisia.

This means that Tunisia offers plenty of scope for development. Many companies and organisation, both Tunisian and international, are regularly looking for new staff.

The country is also an important location for German companies. Around 250 German businesses currently operate in Tunisia, particularly in the textile industry and electrical and electronic engineering or as suppliers for the automotive sector. These German companies employ around 55,000 Tunisian workers.

There is also scope for self-employed business people, with advice and financing available.

Find out more about local opportunities for you and your family in our advice centre.


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

Or perhaps you are interested in a job in Germany? The Centre can also advise you on whether there will be opportunities for you to work in Germany in future.

Centre tuniso-allemand d’Information pour l’Emploi, la Migration et la Réintégration
in the offices of
Agence Nationale pour l’Emploi et le Travail Indépendant (ANETI)
19, rue Ibn El Jazzar
1002 Tunis
+216 71 842 590
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-12:00
Find the Centre tuniso-allemand on Facebook


الوكالة الوطنيّة للتّشغيل والعمل المستقل

Agence Nationale pour l'Emploi et le Travail Indépendant

Are you looking for a job? The National Employment Agency website carries details of vacancies:

Jobs forums

General information tunisietravail

For general information about the Tunisian labour market, go to:

Centre d'Orientation et de Reconversion Professionnelle (CORP)

Are you looking for job? Our advisors will help you to improve your employability and will support you with careers guidance and training.

Education for Employment Tunisie

Are you a young person seeking support in finding your first job? Education for Employment Tunisie can advise and help you.

Appartement n°08-09, 3ème étage, Immeuble Junior
Rue Lac Tanganyika
1053, Les Berges du Lac, Tunis
+216 71 860 090
Find EFETUNISIE on Facebook


الوكالة التونسية للتكوين المهني

Agence Tunisienne de la Formation Professionnelle (ATFP)


الوكالة الوطنيّة للتّشغيل والعمل المستقل

Agence Nationale pour l'Emploi et le Travail Indépendant

Are you thinking about setting up your own business? The Agence Nationale pour l’Emploi et le Travail Indépendant has compiled a range of information about business start-ups in Tunisia.

Réseau Entreprendre Tunisie

You want to set up your own business or take over an existing business and have done a lot of research and taken advice. Now you would like to find out what more experienced entrepreneurs have to say. This network offers a platform for doing just that.

Tunisie Projet

Are you still considering whether to set up your own small business? Tunisie Projet has compiled relevant information.


If you want to set up your own company but require financial support, information on providers of microfinance is available here.

Programme Nationale d'Entrepreneuriat Feminin (RAIDA)

Are you a woman who is interested in starting a business or opening a shop ? RAIDA can advise you.



Centres de Ressources pour Migrants (CRM)

Are you returning to Tunisia and want to find out more about social security, such as health insurance? The CRM site offers an overview of the social insurance system.