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Startfinder provides referrals to opportunities

You want to reshape your future.
You need advice.
Startfinder can help you.

Startfinder can inform you about the opportunities available

Startfinder is a programme run by the German government. Its services help people to find new opportunities in their countries of origin.

… people in Germany considering a return to their country of origin.

… return counsellors in Germany.

… people wishing to migrate to Germany via the regular channels and who need information.

… people in their countries of origin seeking opportunities at home.

Startfinder provides information for the following countries

These countries have advice centres dealing with questions regarding jobs, migration and reintegration. The centres provide information on various topics. This includes, for example, how to find a job after returning back home or how to start your own business. The advisory teams also provide information on medical and psychosocial assistance, care and education for children and on finding somewhere to live.

Their advice is free of charge and is non-binding

The advice given by our centres is available to everyone. Depending on your needs, our advisors will suggest a training course or will help you with applications. There may be various requirements, for example a minimum age or a certain school-leaving qualification.

You will find these on this website

Advisory services:

Here you will find the contact details for advisory centres in Germany and in the countries of origin. Click on the Advisory services menu item and select a country. There you will find information on individual offers, such as training or work experience in your country of origin as well as in Germany.

Country experiences

The country experiences menu item contains reports where people talk about their personal stories. They tell us exactly how they were helped and how they’re getting on now.


We’ve also recorded some videos for you. You’ll find these videos on the individual country pages. Alternatively, you can visit our Startfinder YouTube channel, where you will find a collection of all the videos.


Our blog is where members of staff at the advisory centres provide insights into their work and where various programmes are presented.

Who is behind Startfinder?

Startfinder is a service provided by GIZ, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH. GIZ operates Startfinder on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).