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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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