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New dreams in 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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Back in Tunisia with a plan for the future

Back in Tunisia with a plan for the future

I'm 35 years old, from Tunisia, and my name is Wissem. I lived in Europe for a total of 15 years. It was my dream to have a good job there and start a family. But neither of these worked out. Now I've found happiness in my homeland, Tunisia. Back then I wouldn't have thought that possible.

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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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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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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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New job and renewed happiness in 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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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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Proud entrepreneur in Kosovo

Proud entrepreneur in Kosovo

My name is Sadije B. I live in Kosovo, I'm 38 years old and I'm an experienced seamstress. I have even started my own small business in Obilić because I went to a reintegration programme offered by the German government. But let's start at the beginning.

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Exploiting opportunities in 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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A piece of Bavaria in Senegal

A piece of Bavaria in Senegal

Hi, my name is Mame S. and I come from Senegal. I lived for several years in Europe, even in Germany, but then I returned to my home country. I've kept my interest in Germany, and I now work as a technician in "Bavaria House" in Thiès, to the east of Senegal's capital Dakar.

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An independent tailor shop in 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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Success as a hairdresser in Erbil

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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Confectionery from Tunisia

Confectionery from Tunisia

"Marhaba min Tunis" (hello from Tunisia) – this is how I greet everyone who comes to Tunisia. My name is Selim. Like many young Tunisians, I used to dream of living abroad. I wanted to pursue a career. But I changed my mind after studying business administration: I stayed in Tunisia.

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A better future for my family

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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A new start in your own shop

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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A detour to success

A detour to success

My name is Ibrahima; I'm 49 years old and come from Dakar. I used to work for a delivery company, but saw no future there. So I went to France in 2018 and moved on to Germany, where I had family. But my new beginning in Germany also turned out to be quite different from what I had expected.

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The uncertainty was gone

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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Finally standing on my own feet

Finally standing on my own feet

My name is Ghafar. I'm Afghan and I'm 35 years old. I went to Germany in 2014 because I needed medical care that wasn't available in Afghanistan. I arrived in Germany alone and applied for asylum. My family stayed in Afghanistan.

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