A test program has been launched to encourage refugees to return voluntarily to their home countries. The initiative is simple: in return for receiving vocational training and job creation in their countries of origin, the refugees agree to return.
Gerd Müller, the CSU Minister behind the project, was clear about how it will work. “We will not put a check in every pocket,” he says. No money will be wasted; it is rather a project for a sustainable return to their homelands.
500 million euros will be allocated by the German government to finance jobs and internships in countries such as Iraq, Nigeria, and Afghanistan. People in the program will be guaranteed a job on arrival on the condition of making a permanent return and under good conditions.
The project plans to eventually bring between 20 to 30,000 people back to their countries of origin each year.