Returning Experts


Returning experts who have acquired their professional skills in Germany have an important role to play in their countries of origin. When they are integrated professionally, they can make a sustainable contribution to the economic, technological and social development of their country. Their professional know-how is cutting-edge. They have international contacts, are at home in several cultures and speak at least two languages fluently.


The service for Returning experts puts this potential to work for development. It supports the professional integration of university graduates and experienced experts from developing, emerging and transition countries, who have completed their training in Germany and are interested in returning to their countries of origin. The focus is on placing professionals in areas of particular relevance to development policy. In addition to placement and advisory services, the programme offers financial support to experts interested in returning to their own countries. Employers, too, can benefit from programme services such as assistance with recruiting employees.


The service package is geared to:


  • promoting international migration as a positive factor in development
  • promoting sustainable know-how transfer through the professional integration of returning experts
  • creating a win-win situation with returning experts as bridge-builders for international economic and development cooperation


The Returning Experts Programme is implemented by the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). CIM is a joint operation of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the International Placement Services (ZAV) of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA)


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