My name is Waqas Hussain and I am 26 years old. I come from Butranwali, a small town in the Punjab province of Pakistan. As a teenager, I lived with my mother and four sisters. I attended school and helped my family with farming. My older brother went to Greece to work and send money home. Because we always had too little to live on despite everything, I went to Turkey in 2013 to work. I scraped by for a year with jobs, including at a fish market, then I followed my brother to Greece. Because I wanted a real perspective, I travelled on to Germany in 2015.
There I found work in a restaurant and as a newspaper delivery boy. Then my mother fell ill in Pakistan – so in 2019 I decided to return. Fortunately, friends recommended that I seek support for my return and reintegration. I then visited a return counselling centre in Germany, where they put me in touch with the Pakistani-German Facilitation and Reintegration Centre (PGFRC) in Lahore. I was very happy to have a contact person in Pakistan who would continue to accompany me.