Support for Graduates Returning to Kenya

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Returning graduates are particularly attractive to their countries of origin thanks to the skills and qualifications they have attained in Germany, as well as the additional work experience they may have gained, and their intercultural competence. Returnee and reintegration programmes offer organisational and financial support to international university graduates and qualified experts wishing to integrate into professional life in their home countries.

Support Services

Returning Experts Programme

The Returning Experts Programme is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is a joint initiative of the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), the Association of Experts in the Fields of Migration and Development Cooperation (AGEF), and the World University Service (WUS).

The focus of the programme is on placing professionals in areas of particular relevance to development policy. With its broad spectrum of placement and advisory services, the programme offers those considering returning to their own country considerable advantages while still in Germany, for example, by providing information about the employment market and suitable job offers in their country of origin.

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Reintegration Programme of the German Church Development Service – Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienstes –(EED)

The Reintegration Programme of the Church Development Service (EED) provides assistance to qualified experts from Africa, Asia and Latin America who have concerned themselves with development issues in Germany and who wish to return to their own country. The EED places experts, both with or without professional job experience, with its international partner organisations. In so doing, the EED provides its partner organisations with experts who are committed both to the church and to development issues, and who can take the expert skills they have acquired in Germany back to their home country.

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Financial Support

Returning to your country of origin and reintegrating also demand financial resources.

Returning Experts Programme:

Financial support is available from the Returning Experts Programme. This assistance includes allowances for travel and transport, salary topping-up payments and workplace equipment allowances, to give a few examples. Financial support depends on how significant the application is to development policy and on the applicant’s personal qualifications, including training/education and professional experience. The Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) is responsible for allocating financial assistance.

The exact conditions for financial support within the Returning Experts Programme, along with a list of the priority countries for which financial aid can be allocated, can be found on the Returning Experts Programme website.

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World University Service (WUS)

As part of the Returning Experts Programme, the WUS offers workplace equipment subsidies for experts from developing countries (APA) and thereby facilitates the best possible conditions for a successful start at the new workplace in the expert’s home country. The programme is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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Reintegration Programme of the German Church Development Service – Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienstes –(EED)

Financial assistance is also provided by the Reintegration Programme of the EED. Allowances are available for travel costs, reintegration and baggage transport costs.

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Professional-mobility advice from the German Federal Employment Agency – Bundesagentur für Arbeit

The German Federal Employment Agency offers professional-mobility advice, including information regarding employment opportunities in the client’s country of origin and financial support to assist clients returning to their home country.


The German Investment Corporation – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the DEG offers start-up loans to qualified experts from abroad wishing to set up businesses in their country of origin. Experts from the following countries are eligible for such loans: Afghanistan, Eritrea, Croatia, Vietnam and the Palestinian territories. Information on applying for a business start-up loan is available from the DEG’s partner banks.

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