The “Female Refugees: Start your own business!” project funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) builds on the findings of the “MIGRANTINNEN gründen” mentoring project (2015/2016). The current project runs from 2017 to 2019 and has three phases: 1. Orientation and activation, 2. Developing business ideas, planning/preparation and individual coaching and promotion, and 3. Implementing business ideas, market testing. Other project measures include sensitising key decision‐makers and facilitators to the needs of refugee women as entrepreneurs, the presence of these women in the (new) media and scientific findings on their special situation and particular needs.
Theme: Integration and Participation
GCM Objective: 5, 16, 18, 19
The European Social Fund‐Federal Government programme “Strong Careers – Mothers with a Migration Background Start Out” helps mothers with a migration background to find employment in Germany and improve their options for improved reconciliation of family and work. In close cooperation with local job centres or the Federal Employment Agency, about 90 contact points country‐wide show mothers suitable ways of returning to work. The programme targets refugee mothers who have at least subordinate access to the labour market. So far, the federal programme (2015 – 2022) has assisted 9,000 migrant women in Germany. Around two‐thirds of women who have participated in “Strong Careers” have been able to develop employment prospects for themselves (jobs, training, work placements, recognition of existing qualifications) – 37 percent of these women have found jobs subject to statutory social insurance contributions, have become self‐employed or are in vocational education and training.