My name is Igor and I'm 39 years old. I’m living in Serbia again. Twice now I’ve emigrated to Germany and then returned here. The first time was as a young boy with my parents. We later came back to Serbia together. Then I took my wife and children to Germany in 2014, but we had to return in May 2018. There had been some confusion about our documents and my wife was pregnant with our fourth child.
We found an opportunity in Serbia
Back in Serbia, I didn’t know what to do next. We’d lived in Germany for almost four years and I was unemployed after our return. I also felt out of place in Serbia. We shared the ground floor of our house with my parents, because we couldn’t afford to convert the loft. There was tension, but that wasn’t surprising: we were all living together in a very small space – six of us slept in one bed.
Most of my work was in construction as an unskilled worker. Those were hard times, since this work was infrequent. My family and I only just survived. I was always working hard for a low day's pay.