Walid from Tunisia is 37 years old. He went to Germany in search of a better income but returned home disillusioned after around 18 months.
‘In Tunisia, I initially worked as a bus driver and then as a taxi driver. Like a lot of other people, I thought I could earn more money in Europe, so in July 2015 I went to Germany on a tourist visa. In Germany, I applied for asylum. To improve my chances of getting a positive decision, I concealed my true identity. I had great difficulty finding a job in Germany. I couldn’t get a place on a German course either, because at the time all the training centres were already bursting at the seams. Eventually I managed to get a placement at a hotel in Hamburg, and at the end of it they would have taken me on for a year. But unfortunately I failed to get a work permit because my German wasn’t good enough.
My situation in Germany was quite unstable and I found that a real strain. Also, I had to support my family in Tunisia – my wife and my little girl. In the end, that was why I decided to return to Tunisia in February 2017. Before I left Germany, I heard about the German-Tunisian Centre in Tunis, and when I got back I went there to get advice on my job prospects. My goal is to open my own little café in Tunis in the near future.