Job placement and Country Specific Activities

Job placement support in Caucasus and West Africa

Within the Belgian AVRR programme, funded by Fedasil, returnees returning to the Caucasus and West Africa can receive additional support in being linked to trainings or employment opportunities available locally. IOM missions in Armenia, Georgia and the Russian Federation (Caucasus region) and Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea and Niger (West Africa) are in direct contact with governmental and non-governmental training and employment agencies, development actors and the private sector. Building on these networks and activities developed under the EU Trust Fund (in West and Central Africa), returnees can receive additional counseling and be referred to local training and development programmes.

In 2019, 76 persons have been identified for additional support under the Job Placement activity in Armenia (30), Georgia (18), the Russian Federation (16), Cameroon (5), Burkina Faso (3), Niger (2) and Guinea (2). Monitoring and evaluation of the beneficiaries in 201showed that all persons that were assisted with training or job placement contract were employed or self-employed at the time of the monitoring. Returnees stated that the training or job-placement support improved their job situation or allowed them to develop their skills for future employment plans.

In 2020, activities will continue and will be adapted to the programmatic needs and synergies with other country specific activities funded under other projects (AMIF).

Micro-business and entrepreneurship training in Grozny


In December 2019, IOM Moscow visited returnees and AVRR stakeholders in the Chechen Republic and organized a Micro-business training in Grozny in cooperation with the Grozny School of Business. The beneficiaries received information concerning business registration, taxation policy, market segmentation, product/service pricing, budget preparation and financial/accounting standards. The returnees also had the chance to discuss their business plans and received a certificate of completion after the training.

Participant of the micro-business training in Grozny with a Certificate of Completion handed out by IOM Moscow. Soon he will start cooperation with a sports school, delivering driving services. 


Job Placement Monitoring Mission in Niger 


From 28 February to 4 March 2019, IOM Belgium and Fedasil conducted a monitoring mission in Niger to gain a better insight in the collective and community-based projects developed under the EU Trust Fund return initiatives and to identify possible synergies with the traditional AVRR programmes (Job Placement approach). The mission was also linked to the Job Fair in Tahoua (2-3 March), which was organized by IOM Niger together with the local incubator CIPMEN and the university of Tahoua and financed by the European Union. The job fair reunited more than 6000 visitors and 133 local businesses during two days with members of the diaspora, private sector, government authorities and young entrepreneurs.

Job Placement Study Visit in Belgium


From 12 until 14 December 2019, IOM invited 4 colleagues coming from Burkina Faso, Guinea and Niger to participate in a study visit organized in the frame of the Belgian AVRR Job Placement project. The delegation learned about the Belgian migration, reception and asylum policies and trends and had the chance to visit a reception structure for irregular migrants and homeless people. 

Additionally, the delegation provided detailed information on the reintegration activities in their respective countries and the linkages with development projects. Through different information sessions in Brussels and Antwerp, the delegation provided information to 30 social assistants and return counselors from the reception structures, as well as to 45 students and diaspora members.


The meetings were organized in close collaboration with Fedasil and the NGO partners Solidarité Etudiants du Monde (SETM-asbl) and CAW Antwerpen and were well received by the participants.



For further information please contact Mr. Karel Michiels (email:, tel: +32(0) 2 287 74 15)