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The Kosovo URA return project

Local support: The "URA" staff in PristinaLocal support: The "URA" staff in Pristina Source: BAMF (212)

The "URA" (albanais: bridge) project offers Kosovan returnees comprehensive advisory services and numerous reintegration and support activities. The aim is to enable people to sustainably reintegrate into their former home country.

Immediate assistance can include the following (where necessary):

  • free social counselling/work placement
  • partial reimbursement of travel costs to the centre,
  • one-off payment of an interim benefit,
  • one-off reimbursement of treatment costs and the cost of medicines, and
  • monthly rent support.

The reintegration measures can includethe following (where appropriate):

  • one-off reimbursement of training costs for language courses,
  • provision of basic school materials (benefits in kind),
  • tutoring for school-age children and juveniles,
  • contribution towards training costs for theoretical and practical vocational further training,
  • contribution towards living expenses during training, and
  • job placement/job-creation measures.

The following one-off payments can be granted to support starting up a business, contingent on the return having been voluntary:

  • training costs,
  • financial training support, and
  • start-up payment for promising business ideas.

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Financial support benefits are limited and can only be used by returnees in the following Federal Länder:

  • Baden-Württemberg,
  • Berlin,
  • Bremen,
  • Lower Saxony,
  • North Rhine-Westphalia,
  • Saxony,
  • Saxony-Anhalt,
  • Schleswig-Holstein
  • Thuringia (only voluntary),

until 31 December 2018.

This applies to returnees who have lived in the Federal Republic of Germany for at least six months before returning.
Applications for support benefits can only be submitted at the Returnees’ Centre in Priština.

The individual support needs are assessed at personal counselling sessions.

The "URA" project is operated on a year-by-year basis, currently runing until 31 December 2018. Once this period has come to an end, the project will be extended for another year.

Contact details

If you are thinking of returning to your home region in Kosovo and would like to receive further information about "URA", please contact the Federal Office or our returnees’ centre in Priština directly.

Applications for support benefits can only be submitted at the Returnees’ Centre in Priština.

The centre is open to the public from Tuesday to Thursday from 9 to 11.30 a.m. and from 12.30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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The following documentation is needed for the application
  • school certificate from Germany for children who are still minors,
  • birth certificates for any children who were born in Germany, and
  • documents on the asylum procedure such as the asylum-seeker registration certificate (abbreviated to "BÜMA") or the proof of arrival.

Date 23 January 2017

Additional Information


Do you have any questions? Please contact us!

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees - return hotline

Frankenstraße 210
90461 Nürnberg
Telephone: +49 911 943 - 0
Fax: +49 911 943 - 1000
E-mail: Write a message
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Contacts and addresses

You will find useful information here

For further information see the indicated addresses or the link “important contacts” at the end of the list.

Return Centre "URA - The Bridge"

Rr. Mark Isaku Nr. 69
10000 Prishtina
Republic of Kosova
Telephone: 00383 (0) 3823 3002 100
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Important addresses

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