My name is Zagorka. I’m 28 years old and live in Knjaževac in Serbia. I am divorced with two children, and I spent a long time trying to establish a life for myself in Germany. But it never really felt like home there. Our asylum application was refused so we came back to Serbia, where a short course training as a beautician has allowed me to gain a foothold in the industry.
My career prospects were poor before I went to Germany with my mother and sister. I hadn’t finished high school or any training because my family simply couldn’t afford it at the time. We did seasonal work as harvesters in order to survive, and we were convinced we’d find a better life in Germany. But I felt out of place and unsure of myself there, and ultimately I was relieved to come back to Serbia. At the same time, I was also scared that I wouldn’t be able to find a job though.