Return preparation measures (RkVM)

The return preparation measures (RkVM) prepare returnees to start their own business.

With the programme StartHope@Home, Social Impact gGmbH supports refugees and migrants who are interested in starting a business in their country of origin. Since October 2020, the programme has been a central component of the newly created return preparation measures (RkVM) of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Since January 2018, the social undertaking Social Impact gGmbH has been running the reintegration programme StartHope@Home.

Content of the programme
StartHope@Home enables specialised (online) coaching, advanced training and workshops in various languages, both individually and in groups. The counselling particularly strengthens the participants' entrepreneurial skills so that they are better prepared to start a business after returning to their country of origin. In addition, participants can also raise other individual concerns with regard to their professional reintegration.


1. Profiling phase
- individual stocktaking
- discussion of prospects
- qualification planning

2. Qualification phase
- 8 training modules
- individual coaching
- webinars
- final presentation

3. Reintegration phase
- checking of framework conditions on site
- process coaching for integration

The participants are coached by multilingual trainers and supported by social pedagogues.

Who can take part?
Participation is aimed at refugees and migrants who are interested in returning to their country of origin and who come from countries which can be funded through the programmes ERRIN, StarthilfePlus (2nd start-up assistance) and Perspektive Heimat (exception: Russian Federation). This includes the following countries of origin: Egypt, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, China, Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Eritrea, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Iraq, Cameroon, Kazakhstan, Kenia, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Mali, Morocco, Mongolia, Nigeria, Niger, Pakistan, Ruanda, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tadjikistan, Togo, Tunesia, Ukraine and Viet Nam.

How can I take part in the programme?
Your return counselling centre can help you register for the programme. Participation in the programme is free of charge and no prior knowledge is required.

Important note: Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Social Impact Labs are closed until further notice. Counselling can alternatively be carried out by telephone or by means of online coaching in line with data protection regulations via 'Go To Meeting'.

The programme takes place at locations throughout Germany: Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart and Munich

Hamburg region
Pastorenstraße 16-18
20459 Hamburg
Mr. Michael Pfeil
T. +49 40 307 086 83 / +49 176 161 136 05

Cologne region
Forum Food&Nachhaltigkeit
Oskar-Jäger-Straße 160
50825 Köln-Ehrenfeld
Mr. Ziad El-Sabbagh
T. +49 176 1611 3606

Stuttgart region
Teckstraße 62
70190 Stuttgart
Mr. Sebastian Donath
T. +49 711 400 538 63

Munich region
Balanstraße 73, Haus 21 A / 3.OG
81541 Munich
Ms Katherine Kellein
T. +49 89 809 135 110

Participation can also be arranged in other regions. For this, please contact the central contact point in Berlin:

Berlin/Frankfurt am Main/Leipzig region
Heilbronner Straße 20
10779 Berlin
Ms Valerie Mozaffari
T. +49 176 16 11 35 19