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Tunisia

Digital leap into the job market

Thousands of women and men made direct contact with potential employers at the first digital job fair in Tunisia. It was a great success for both sides.

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Senegal

A comic that is moving and informative

The Senegalese-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (CSAEM) has introduced a comic presenting the risks of irregular migration, as well as the opportunities available to people in Senegal.

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Nigeria

On the way to stardom

Learning from role models and making contacts - this extraordinary opportunity has been offered to young artists through the art master class “Made-In-Nigeria”. Their works will now be exhibited from May 16 to 20 in cooperation with the NGC in Abuja.

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Kosovo

“We help children to cope with changes”

It’s not just adults who come back to Kosovo after spending longer periods abroad. Families, and especially their children, often find this hugely challenging. The German Information Centre for Migration, Vocational Training and Career (DIMAK) in Pristina offers support to everyone. Ramadan Islami, a DIMAK coordinator, explained more in an interview.

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Pakistan

Hard work is rewarded

I worked in a company that had to close down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So I started an online retail outlet selling traditional clothing. My business has become a success thanks to the help that I was given by the Pakistani-German Facilitation and Reintegration Centre.

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Pakistan

Searching for better opportunities

I’ve found what I am looking for: I’m self-employed as a driver in my home country. The Pakistani-German Facilitation and Reintegration Centre helped me to find this opportunity.

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Senegal

Clandestino – a comic dealing with the risks of irregular migration and the opportunities available in Senegal

Clandestino tells the story of Modou and Samba, two Senegalese friends who emigrate to Europe by boat.

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Nigeria

Young entrepreneurs win new customers

Soap, shoes, food – these were just some of the products on offer that were available to buy at the two markets in Lagos and Abuja. The Nigerian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration organises these markets for its former course participants.

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Pakistan

Tailored support for successful self-employment

I went to Germany to be able to support my family. My mother became ill, so I decided to come back. The Pakistani-German Facilitation and Reintegration Centre (PGFRC) helped me to open a tailor shop.

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Serbia

“Now I earn a decent wage”

Where can I find a job? This is a question which troubles many people in the area around the town of Vladičin Han such as seasonal worker Dejan. Support from the German Information Centre on Migration, Training and Employment (DIMAK) helped him find the right path.

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Pakistan

A happy shop owner in Pakistan

The support provided by the Pakistani-German Facilitation and Reintegration Centre means I’m now successfully running my own business.

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Germany

Together we create opportunities

Reintegration specialists are collaborating closely in Munich to enable women and men to make the best possible new start in their country of origin.

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Pakistan

Finding new opportunities through photography

Learning a new profession or starting your own business is something many people dream of. The Pakistani-German Facilitation and Reintegration Centre (PGFRC) helps turn dreams into reality. It cooperates with partner organisations to run vocational training courses, including for instance a one-month photography course. A glimpse behind the scenes.

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Senegal

My new start growing vegetables

Good preparation while I was still in Germany meant I could carry on working on my project straight away after I came back to Senegal. And soon I’ll be self-employed.

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Senegal

Start-up in Senegal: sustainable waste disposal to make my country better

Having my own waste management company is a dream come true. I’m also grateful for the support provided by the CSAEM. I’d like to increase environmental awareness in Senegal.

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Senegal

First steps for entrepreneurs and young people who are self-employed

The Senegalese-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (CSAEM) offers practical training initiatives that in particular empower women and young people in Senegal. The qualifications they obtain help them on their way to earning their own income from self-employment.

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Pakistan

A training course for a career in catering

Learning a new profession and starting your own business is something many people dream of. The Pakistani-German Facilitation and Reintegration Centre (PGFRC) provides help, including a culinary arts training course.

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Pakistan

A new start with a training course in motorbike mechanics

Learning a new profession and starting your own business is something many people dream of. The Pakistani-German Facilitation and Reintegration Centre (PGFRC) helps by providing a training course in motorbike mechanics.

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Tunisia

Success as a digital marketing manager

Support from the German-Tunisian Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration enabled me to qualify in a completely new field of work – and find a job straight away.

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Serbia

A future for my son and opportunities for others

I was supported by the German Information Centre on Migration, Training and Employment (DIMAK) and its partner organisation HELP to set up my therapy practise “Senzor Gym”. This is where I help disabled children to learn motor skills.

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Tunisia

Success through agriculture in Tunisia

Agripreneur 3.0 aims to motivate young people from rural areas of Tunisia like Oeurfeli to become agricultural entrepreneurs.

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Serbia

Making start-ups fit for the future

Anyone founding a start-up has a lot to consider and some obstacles to overcome. The German Information Centre on Migration, Training and Employment (DIMAK) and its partner organisations help young companies in Serbia to do just that.

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Pakistan

Standing on my own two feet with the rickshaw

When I returned to Pakistan after several years, I was very worried about how to feed my family. But then I had a business idea - and got support. Now I have a stable income. One of my dreams has been fulfilled.

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Serbia

Firmly established as a physiotherapist

I received help in 2019 to open a physiotherapy practice in Serbia. I’m really happy now. You can also realise your ambitions in your own country.

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Germany

“Taking the time to reassure women”

The organisation SOLWODI ("Solidarity with Women in Distress"), a partner of GIZ, advises and accompanies women who have experienced human trafficking, forced prostitution or relationship violence. Read here about the most important questions in counselling.

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Senegal

Overcoming trauma

War, migration, unemployment: Cynthia has had a lot of problems to cope with. She received psychological counselling at the House of Hope to finally enable her to look forward again.

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Egypt

“I’ve found my vocation – teaching German”

The Egyptian-German Center assisted me with choosing my career and helped me to improve my chances of getting a job.

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Pakistan

Finally back with my family

A training programme taught me how to manage my own taxi business.

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Nigeria

"Precisely tailored to the person"

Coach Gildas Bagné, who works for Social Impact’s StartHope@Home project, helps returnees develop a business idea and a business plan for a fresh start in their country of origin. He plans each coaching individually to achieve maximum impact.

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Pakistan

A new life with his own fabric shop

My wife and I have continued to run our business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pakistan

A versatile businessman

The advice and help I got from the PGFRC made it possible for me to get my business up and running not long after I returned.

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Gambia

The goal: entrepreneurial thinking

Participants in a training course organised by the Deutsche Sparkassenstiftung for International Cooperation gained new knowledge and new confidence. Here, four of them tell us how their businesses can take off successfully.

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Ghana

Strengthened for the next step

Conversations with potential employers, workshops on important career issues, and above all plenty of encouragement: impressions from the Ghana Job Fair 2021.

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Kosovo

New drive for a life as a farmer

The help I received meant I could start over again as a farmer.

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Senegal

A delivery service on two wheels

Starting my own delivery service means I can offer career prospects to other young people.

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Nigeria

Successful as “Mama Fish”

The knowledge I gained from a training course in fish farming meant I could set up my own company.

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Nigeria

Now that I’m a fashion designer, I’m leaving the past

My sister and I set up our own fashion label in my native Nigeria.

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Serbia

Virtual job fairs – a format with a future

Getting to know your future employer online – virtual job fairs make it possible. The German Information Centres for Migration, Vocational Training and Career (DIMAK) in Serbia and Albania also use this format. In a joint interview, Marija Brankovic from DIMAK Serbia and Earli Shima from DIMAK Albania talk about their experiences with virtual job fairs and the challenges and opportunities of the concept.

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Germany

“Trust is our most important currency”

What is the main focus of your conversations with returnees? Markus Fiebiger from Zentrale Rückkehrberatung Südbayern (ZRB – Central Return Counselling for Southern Bavaria) in Mühldorf talks about his team’s work.

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Albania

Using a traditional craft to make a future for myself

Training in how to start a business enabled me to turn my hobby into a career.

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Iraq

Starting over with cucumbers and radishes

After our return, my wife and I started all over again: growing vegetables is now our future.

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Pakistan

Successful with fast food

I run my own restaurant in my home town. Thanks to some important support, I can constantly develop my business and so also cope with crises.

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Iraq

“We offer the opportunity for a new beginning”

Selar is an advisor at the GMAC in Erbil. Here she talks about the daily routine her work provides.

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Nigeria

Responsible advice given as equals

The Nigerian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (NGC) advises people who are seeking new opportunities. This sometimes involves them having to confront their own experiences from the past – and here too the NGC team provides counselling.

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Kosovo

“Our objective is to find a solution for everyone”

DIMAK advisor Nexhmedin Basha can provide psychosocial support if mental stress makes it difficult to earn a living or find a job in Kosovo.

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Ghana

We started our business as a married couple

My wife and I have opened two grocery stores in Ghana. It was a difficult journey to get to this point, but we managed it together.

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Morocco

My new start at an organic nursery

I have created a little green world in my home village in Morocco. It allows me to earn a living and is my contribution towards sustainability.

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Tunisia

Seeing the whole person

Many people make their way to Europe from the Tunisian coastal city of Sfax in the hope of a better life. Advisor Oussema from the German-Tunisian Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (CTA) reveals some alternatives to migration.

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Senegal

My dream is to revolutionise African fashion

My time in Germany was a great experience, but I couldn’t work there. Back in Senegal I now run a sewing workshop and I’m thinking about opening a retail outlet.

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Pakistan

Entrepreneurial spirit and tradition

I’ve set up a fabric business with assistance from PCFRC. My marketing includes using social media.

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Nigeria

Starting over as a baker

Three participants of an apprenticeship in bakery and confectionery talk about their experiences.

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Iraq

Contributing my experiences from Germany to Iraq

Establishing my own workshop has transformed my life.

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Tunisia

New ideas for a traditional craft

Wool in organic quality for the weavers in my region – this idea brought me success.

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Senegal

Fashion for mothers and children

I’ve set up a business in Senegal making maternity and baby clothing.

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Pakistan

Supporting women to make a new start

Nighat Aziz is an advisor at the PGFRC and the central contact person for women and persons in need. Together with the centre's partner organisations, she addresses their specific requirements.

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Serbia

“My work gives me financial security”

I’ve successfully set up a cleaning service in Serbia.

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Senegal

Seizing the opportunities that my brother didn’t have

Lots of people in my town are unemployed. I’d like to set up my own business to help change that.

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Morocco

My goal is to give young people an opportunity

I became self-employed as a logo designer in Morocco – a good decision that I hope will benefit others.

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Nigeria

Success in establishing a chicken farm

Now I’m now back living with my family in Nigeria and raising poultry. It is possible to achieve something here.

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Germany

Independent action

Helping women in difficult situations and empowering them: that’s the goal of human rights organisation Solwodi (Solidarity with Women in Distress). Solwodi is partnered with GIZ to assist women in Germany who are thinking of returning to their home country.

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Kosovo

Start-up assistance leads to self-employment

I now have my own hairdressing salon in Kosovo. It also offers career prospects for my children.

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Serbia

After coming back home, the family is focusing on education and training

A father with four daughters is hoping for a good future for his children. The German Information Centre for Migration, Training and Employment (DIMAK) is assisting the family on its path.

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Serbia

Happy to be home again

I found my new professional home in a beauty salon in Serbia. My path to get here was a long and difficult one.

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Ghana

The material from which new beginnings are fashioned

Samuel left Ghana in search of a better life in Europe. He has now returned to Ghana after a difficult last few years, and wants to establish a new livelihood in his home country. He began to carefully plan the operation of his own weaving mill even while he was still in Germany.

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Ghana

Encouraging exchange

Twice I left Ghana for Europe, twice I returned. Thanks to the Ghanaian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (GGC) I now have an optimistic outlook for my future.

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Kosovo

Using my skills in my own country

Now I’m a carpenter fitting out entire restaurants. Only in a roundabout way did I find possibilities to be successful in my dream job.

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Senegal

Things finally look promising

I thought moving to Europe would solve all my problems. But I didn’t make it there. Now I’m living in Senegal and doing well – thanks to psychosocial support from the “House of Hope”.

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Nigeria

New start with a dream job

My route to Europe ended in Libya, but now my brother and I are running our own tailoring business in our home country of Nigeria.

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Germany

Knowledge gained

Anyone wanting to run a successful business requires commercial know-how. A course run by the Sparkassenstiftung shows how this knowledge can be gained in a playful manner.

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Senegal

Tailoring combats the crisis

Fashion designer Touty has opened her own tailoring business with assistance from the "Successful in Senegal" project.

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Tunisia

Taking the fast track towards working in tourism

Two state-run vocational colleges in Tunisia are teaching young women and men how to start their careers in catering and the hotel industry.

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Egypt

"Many people return to their home countries when there is a crisis"

Sahar Aly heads the new Egyptian-German Center for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (EGC), which opened in Cairo at the beginning of November. During a conversation she talks about what the center does – and why she has high hopes for it.

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Germany

New start with a transportable skill

Those who can demonstrate practical training in Germany have a much better chance of finding a job in their home country. That's why those interested in returning are for instance practising with scissors, hairdryers and dyes in Dinslaken.

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Albania

Breaking into the job market

A training program run by GIZ in Albania prepares young men and women for employment in the hotel industry, and successfully increases their chances of finding a job.

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Ghana

“I’ve come back home to help”

David Yaw-Mensah Tette is the director of the Ghanaian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (MIAC) in Accra. In a short interview he speaks about the work done by the centre and about what motivates him personally.

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Serbia

"These people's problems are also my problems"

A family that returned from Germany is looking for a school for their children. Women and men from a village in the south of Serbia want to know how to find a job. Tamara Vučenović assists them and others. An insight into the everyday work of an advisor at the German Information Centre on Migration, Training and Employment (DIMAK) in Serbia.

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Germany

Building bridges to enable people to return

Stefan Grünbaum is one of around 20 GIZ reintegration scouts spread across almost every state in Germany. They act as an interface between return counsellors in Germany and those working in the countries of origin.

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Germany

Plans for going back during the corona pandemic – questions and answers

Returning to your home country involves many questions even under normal circumstances. The corona pandemic adds completely new uncertainties. Here you can learn the most important facts about the situation at present. Eight questions and answers.

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Ghana

From footballer to baker

My dream of becoming a professional footballer in Europe was unrealistic. Now I have my own bakery in Ghana and can take good care of myself.

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Iraq

Back to family

I went to Germany to get ahead in my career. Discover why I'm living in Erbil again and how I managed to return.

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Albania

"DIMAK is now a well-known brand"

Openness and credibility have resulted in many people placing their trust in DIMAK over recent years. That's paying off now. Advisors Halisa Duka and Dorisa Lala talk about their work during the corona crisis.

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Nigeria

Making masks to earn a living – and to contain the pandemic

Cynthia was planning to open her own fashion store in Nigeria – then along came the COVID-19 pandemic. Now Cynthia is sewing face coverings, but this public order gives her some financial security even during the crisis.

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Germany

Integration into work is continuing, just differently

Training courses can't be held, departure is impossible – and labour markets in the countries of origin are facing pressure: the Newplacement International project has reinvented itself in the corona crisis. Four questions and answers.

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Ghana

Trust can also be established online

Ernestina Adu from the Ghanaian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (GGC) talks about her work during the corona pandemic.

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Germany

We are creating an even stronger network of people

How StartHope@Home's business start-up advice is functioning during the corona pandemic.

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Serbia

My own IT company

Starting a company that focuses on internet marketing gives him hope: Emiliano has built a new future for himself in Serbia after returning from Germany. Today, he is planning to further expand the business and hire several new employees.

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Serbia

Using your own company to create new opportunities

My name is Saša. I was born in Kruševac in central Serbia and have returned there after several years in Germany. Because in the meantime I was able to start my own company in Serbia – something I'd always dreamed of doing. But I also received some support. This is my story:

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Ghana

The uncertainty was gone

My name is Naa; I'm 29 years old and come from Ghana. I used to work as an event manageress. In 2015, I went to Germany to start a master's degree course in Development Economics and International Studies. But it was clear to me from the start that I would return after I finished. I wanted to help my country develop. At the same time, I was uncertain how I could build a future there.

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Ghana

A new start in your own shop

My name is Derrick; I'm 29 years old and come from Ghana. I studied computer science, but couldn't find work in my home country. I came to Germany as a tourist in 2014, stayed there and worked in a restaurant. But my life was not as I had imagined it.

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Kosovo

A better future for my family

My name is Agim and I come from Kosovo. I used to work in the marble industry, but the pay was bad. The wages didn't allow me to support my family. So in 2015 I took my wife and three children to Germany. We applied for asylum.

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Morocco

An independent tailor shop in Morocco

My name is Said and I grew up in the Fès district in Morocco. That's where I learned tailoring. I had the feeling that opportunities would be better elsewhere, so in 2015 I first went to Turkey and then Greece. Eventually I ended up in Germany. At that time I was 30 years old and hoped to find work opportunities in Germany.

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Ghana

Exploiting opportunities in Ghana

I'm Kweku and I live in Ghana. After graduating from university, I initially considered emigrating. But with a little help I then actually found a job in Ghana. Now I'm making all sorts of plans for my future here in my homeland.

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Tunisia

New dreams in Tunisia

Hi, I'm Khaled. I’m 34 and I come from Tunisia. My family owns a fruit and vegetable outlet where I worked for a long time. But it was always my great dream to live in Europe. I made my way there in 2008 when I was 24 years old. Initially I spent a year in Italy. Then I travelled to Germany via France and Belgium.

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Serbia

Safety and a family

My name is Safet and I come from Serbia. After working in my homeland for a long time as an unskilled bricklayer and decorator, I tried my luck in Germany. Although it was difficult to find a job there. So I considered returning to Serbia. Then the decision was made for me. The German authorities deported me.

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Nigeria

My company, my future

My name is Jerry and I come from Nigeria. A scholarship enabled me to study engineering in the UK for a year in 2014. After that it became clear to me: I wanted to return to Nigeria and utilise my knowledge in my homeland.

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Morocco

Natural cosmetics from Morocco

My name is Yassine and I come from Morocco. I completed Islamic Studies in Fès, but couldn't find a job after graduating. Then I was fortunate to participate in training provided by the Promotion of Rural Youth Employment (PEJ) project.

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Iraq

Satisfaction on the menu

My name is Bilal. After the financial crisis, I left Iraq and went to Germany in 2015. I wanted to find a better life there. I arrived in Germany after 12 days of travelling without proper meals or accommodation. My hope was to discover a solution to my problems.

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Iraq

Success as a hairdresser in Erbil

My name is Bestoon; I'm 32 years old and come from Erbil in Iraq. I am married and have two children. We all went together to Germany in 2018, because the situation in Iraq was very difficult for us. But we didn't have a great time in Germany either. Today we're back in Erbil and I have a new career. Now I'm a hairdresser.

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Albania

Bakery skills with a future

My name is Igrita and I come from Albania. I emigrated to Germany with my husband and three daughters in January 2016. What did we want? A better life! It actually went well: my husband found work as a welder, I as a cleaner and the children attended school. They quickly learned German. Yet we missed our family, our friends and our culture in Albania. So we returned in January 2017.

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Albania

New job and renewed happiness in Albania

My name is Realf and I am 25 years old. I went to Germany in early 2018 and wanted to start a career there. But after five months I realised that would be difficult without a legal status. So I returned to my homeland, Albania – then completely new opportunities opened up for me there. What happened was that

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