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New opportunities after returning

The NGO Help – Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe e.V. and the League of Roma – Standing Conference of the Roma Associations of Citizens (SKRUG) are offering help to people who have returned to Serbia under the readmission agreement. They use their network of local information centres to do this.

The NGO Help offers various services to assist people who returned in 2020 and 2021:

  1. Information and help for returnees and those who are socially vulnerable
  2. Restoring, adapting and equipping the homes of returnees and the socially vulnerable with basic furniture and appliances
  3. Equipment relating to self-employment and employment to help individual micro-businesses started by Roma, returnees and the socially vulnerable
  4. Business and vocational training to improve the knowledge, skills and qualifications of the unemployed, Roma, returnees and those who are socially vulnerable
  5. The provision of school supplies to help children and socially disadvantaged families to integrate into the formal education system
  6. Emergency aid in cooperation with DIMAK (if required)

There are no specific conditions regarding this help; more information will be provided in a personal conversation.

Worth knowing throughout Serbia 2020 to 2021 people who have returned from Germany to Serbia under the readmission agreement.
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Help for families who have returned home

The Ecumenical Humanitarian Organisation (EHO) has a number of active projects ongoing in the period from 2020 to 2022. Some of these projects are offered nationwide. Other projects are only available in Vojvodina province.

•    Nationwide projects in Serbia:
There are lots of projects for people who have come back from Germany to Serbia. These projects are offered by 32 local and/or district governments:

  • Housing improvements and subsidies for restoring dwellings
  • Help with a new economic start, such as starting a business
  • Referral of returnees to partner institutions and associations

•    Projects in Vojvodina province:

  1. Financial start-up packages for people in need as well as educational opportunities for children and young people
  2. Mentors to provide individual care for children in partner primary schools, examples:
  • Workshops for children in partner primary schools
  • Provision of school supplies in partner primary schools
  • Translation of school certificates and help with the recognition of school-leaving qualifications
  • Start-up grants for people starting a business
  • Help with setting up small businesses
  • Advisory support for those who receive financial start-up assistance under the project
  • Training courses for those starting a business

If you need any of these help packages, please contact the Information Centre.

Worth knowing Serbia, Vojvodina 2020 to 2022 People who returned to Serbia from the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg in 2019 and 2020.
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Advice on all aspects of reintegration

You can get information and advice from the German Information Centre for Migration, Training and Employment (DIMAK). Each consultation is designed exclusively to meet your needs.

This offer is aimed at:

  • Returnees from Germany and other countries
  • Locals who are interested in emigrating to Germany

DIMAK helps you with your return and reintegration and can refer you to the appropriate agencies. These can be governmental and non-governmental institutions dealing with areas like:

  • Job hunting in Serbia
  • How to start your own business in Serbia
  • How to assert your rights The opportunities that may be available
  • “Social protection” as a key concept
  • Improving your qualifications
Worth knowing Belgrade Serbian free of charge returnees and locals
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Advice and financial support

Solidarity Service International (SODI) supports you in setting up your own business. SODI offers business training for entrepreneurs.

This training includes the following:

  • Business start-up advice
  • Help in drawing up a business plan
  • Help in analysing the market

You can apply to SODI for financial support when you have completed the training.

You will find further details on the Facebook page. You can also call or write an email.

You do not have to pay for this advisory service

Worth knowing The advisory service is provided free of charge.
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Financial support for a start-up

The ADRA foundation supports you if you want to set up your own business.

You can receive financial support for major expenses incurred in setting up the business. For example:

  • Rent
  • Office equipment
  • Tools for tradespeople who working on an independent basis

You can receive up to EUR 1,500 from ADRA if you are registered with the National Employment Service as a business start-up candidate.

You will find further details on the website. You can call ADRA or write an email. You do not have to pay for these services.

Worth knowing The services are free of charge. For more information, you can contact the German Information Centre on Migration, Training and Employment (DIMAK)directly.
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Business plan and financial support

The Ecumenical Humanitarian Organisation (EHO) provides various training courses to support people who want to set up their own business.

There is a training course that teaches you how to write a business plan. The business plan explains your business idea. You list how much money you need and what you will use it for.

Your business plan can be used to apply to the EHO for financial support.

You will find further details on the website. You do not have to pay for these services.

Worth knowing The services are free of charge.
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Setting up a business in Vojvodina

The NES in Vojvodina supports people in Vojvodina who want to set up their own business. It offers training courses and financial support for people who want to set up their own business.

The training courses teach you:

  • What is important when setting up your own business
  • How to write a business plan

You can apply for financial support. The following conditions apply:

  • You live in Vojvodina
  • You are registered with the NES
  • You have completed an NES business start-up training course
  • You have a business plan

You can apply once a year. There is a public call for applications. The maximum funding available is RSD 300,000.
You do not have to pay for this service.

Worth knowing The services are free of charge.
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In Vojvodina: Support for the self-employed

Every year, the Development Agency of Serbia (RAS) provides financial support to people in Vojvodina who want to set up their own business.

The conditions:

  • You must be registered with the National Employment Service (NES) in the Vojvodina region
  • You first have to complete the NES business start-up course

Grants of between RSD 250,000 and RSD 300,000 are available.

See the website for further details. Feel free to call if you have questions.

Worth knowing For more information, you can contact the German Information Centre on Migration, Training and Employment (DIMAK) directly.
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