My name is Nadeem. I’m 57 years old and come from Jhelum, which is a small city in the Pakistani Province of Punjab. In 2015 I left my family to seek work and better opportunities in Germany. But I never really managed to settle in there. After 5 years of poorly paid jobs, I’m now back in Pakistan and running a clothing business in Jhelum. The Pakistani-German Facilitation and Reintegration Centre (PGFRC) helped me to set it up.
The only reason why I’m now an entrepreneur with my own store is because of the amount of preparation I did. It all started in Germany when a friend in Frankfurt am Main told me about a return counselling centre. My advisor there put me in touch with a reintegration scout who then prepared a needs analysis. My advisor used this to explain the opportunities available to me in Pakistan. I was relieved even after that first meeting, because I knew I’d soon be back home with my family.