CYID Returnee Entrepreneurship Development Centre (CREDC) is a social investment program implemented through establishment of a training and referral services for returnee migrants to enhance a sustainable reintegration and increase capacity for job creation and employment.
Many migrants after their return try to take up jobs and settle at home, but in many cases they face complications in pursuing their new jobs. The added problem for women returnees is that they often face social stigma and lack of respect from the community.
CYID has adopted some initiatives to collect background information on returnee migrants. It includes preparation of a database, an information campaign, the counseling on investment opportunities, the psycho-social counseling and the entrepreneurship development.
The Returnees Reintegration Program will focus at assisting individuals and families of Nigerian/West Africa origin who are returning to their respective countries either voluntarily or deported to re-establish a functional life.
Returnees/survivors of trafficking in persons are often left to cater for themselves upon arrival in a country that does not have the infrastructure to systematically rehabilitate and reintegrate them back into society. This lack of an integrated and systematic approach exposes the returnees to a host of issues and dangers, particularly the families and women with children.
Some returnees who’ve tried to start up small businesses did not take into account their business environment and particular challenges of the business sector/proposal before venturing into their chosen enterprise and eventually became frustrated having met with many unforeseen challenges. Therefore,” The program will comprise of Meet and Greet services, Needs assessment, Enterprise Based Vocational Training (EBVT), Entrepreneurship & Leadership Skills, Referrals, Counseling and Monitoring Services including temporary accommodation for the period of 3 months.
Returnee migrant is increasingly becoming important for Nigeria, because of the socio-economic impact it has on the individual, the family, and the community of return. In particular, the successful reintegration of returnees represent a key aspect of the Nigerian migration management policy.
The successful reintegration has two interrelated dimensions, the personal success, entailing social and economic security for the returnee as an individual, and the contribution of returnees to the economic and social development of the country of origin.
If the returns process contributes to both dimensions, it promotes further returns in the future and hence more development for local communities.
CREDC was funded by Dr. Bernward Jopen. Director Stenbeis-Transfer-Institut Innovation & Business Creation, Munich Germany