Back home – and now? Sustainable reintegration of returnees and vulnerable families in Kosovo

Contract partner: Caritas ÖsterreichCountry: Kosovo Funding amount: € 360.000,00Project start: 01.12.2015End: 30.11.2017

Short Description:

Overall goal

The project´s overall goal is to contribute to a reduced migration pressure in Kosovo and to foster the (re)integration of Kosovan population by establishing sustainable economic activities and increasing the well-being of 100 returnees and 20 socially deprived households. Targeted areas are those, which were highly affected by the wave of emigration in late 2014/early 2015 (areas around Mitrovica, Ferizaj and Pristhina).

Expected results

(1) 120 families have developed individual development plans for the next two years regarding their socio-economic situation.

(2) The capacities (skills and resources) of the 120 beneficiary families for successful implementation of economic activities are strengthened.

Target group / Beneficiaries

An integrated approach, bridging the gap between humanitarian type of assistance and development oriented support, will be applied through a community-based reintegration approach, targeting returnees and non-returnees simultaneously (emphasizing on women-headed households and minorities).


Based upon solid assessments, an integrated needs and opportunity-based bottom-up methodology will be developed. The project offers a perspective to future employees and self-employers, based on their participative elaborated future planning. It combines multi-faceted activities from tailored trainings, enhancement on financial literacy and life skills, and short-term subsidies to encourage employment of beneficiaries, in addition to productive assets transfer and lasting follow up visits and consultations throughout the project cycle.


Among the main reasons for a steady outflow of migrants from Kosovo since 2000 are the high unemployment and the lack of economic opportunities in Kosovo. Surveys indicate that about half of the Kosovars between 18-36 years do plan emigration from their country. The rate of asylum seekers from Kosovo is among the highest in Europe, however, their rejection rate is 93%.

project number8318-00/2016
source of fundingOEZA
sector Andere soziale Infrastruktur und Leistungen
modalityProject-type interventions
marker Gender: 1, Poverty: 2
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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