My name is Taif. I’m 35 years old and married with two sons. I wanted to find a safe life for my family and to develop our career prospects in Germany. But we weren’t granted a residence permit. Back in Iraq, however, we’ve found what we were looking for. Some start-up assistance enabled me to open a car repair workshop.
I used to earn a living from casual work on construction sites before we emigrated to Germany. I worked as a welder during the laying of pipes and electrical ducts. But the security situation in Iraq deteriorated in 2015, and we left for Germany.