"I traveled from Baghdad to Turkey with my wife and little daughter. We had to stay in Turkey for 12 days because our agreement with the smugglers fell through; they had no intention to take us to Germany, they were only after our money. We eventually found someone else to smuggle us into Germany, a country I had long wished to settle in," said Abdul Mohaimen, an Iraqi migrant who travelled to Europe in September 2015.
"Our journey took us from Turkey to a Greek island, and then to Macedonia and Serbia. It was a long journey, and we had to walk for a long time through rough roads,"
"We were finally able to cross from Austria into Germany. But there I faced many challenges, not the least of which the language barrier and cultural differences. We initially lived in a camp and a month later we moved into an apartment and started the residence request procedures, but our request was rejected. When my father passed away and my mother fell ill, I decided to go back to Iraq; we returned in June 2017,"