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A future in Senegal

A future in Senegal

My name is Mame. I went to Germany in 2015. Although my asylum application was refused. So I returned to Senegal. But it was difficult to find enough work here as an electrician. I therefore wanted to return to Germany. I even had a training position in Munich. Nevertheless, I was not granted a visa.

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Natural cosmetics from 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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Honey for Tunisia

Honey for Tunisia

My name is Khaled. I’m 34 and I come from Tunisia. I left school to work at my parent’s vegetable store after grade 7. But my real dream was always to go to Europe. I finally made this dream come true in 2008: I crossed the Mediterranean to Italy and then made my way via France and Belgium to Germany. There I met a German woman and we got married five years later. My German gradually got better, but I still had virtually no chance of getting a job. I even lost my residence permit when we divorced, so I had to go back to Tunisia.

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Safety and a family

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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My company, my future

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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Bakery skills with a future

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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Cakes for Pristina

Cakes for Pristina

Mirëdita nga Prishtina – Hello from Pristina! I am Euresa. A few years ago, I went to Germany with my family. I was just 17 years old at the time. We wanted to build a new life there, but were refused asylum. So we returned to our homeland in mid-2016.

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Happiness in an adopted country

Happiness in an adopted country

I was born in Gabon. My parents named me Fatou. I graduated from school in 2013. I then moved to Ghana, a neighbouring country to Gabon. I wanted to attend a language school there to improve my English. That was intended to ease my entry into Europe. Europe was my ultimate goal! I was hoping to find better prospects there.

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Satisfaction on the menu

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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