Returning to your country of origin isn’t always easy. Yet support from the GMAC and its partner organisation Heartland Alliance International enables women to establish their own businesses in Iraq. This is also what returnees Nahlah and Ahlam experienced. These two women are running successful online businesses in Baghdad respectively selling clothing and cosmetics.
Nahlah was 50 years old when she travelled to Germany with her son in 2016. She left Iraq in fear after a friend of her son was murdered. Yet her repeated applications to remain in Germany were refused. Nahlah decided to return to Iraq in 2022. “The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) helped me travel back to Baghdad”, she says. “My son stayed in Hamburg”, she adds, “but I had to return home to care for my other children; my daughter had children of her own at this time.” Back in Iraq, the IOM put Nahlah in touch with the Iraqi-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (GMAC), so that she could get help with her new start.