“In August 2015, lack of employment and the general gloomy atmosphere caused by the economic crisis here encouraged me to think of going to Europe in search of a better life. I sold my house and my car and put all of my savings aside to prepare for the trip to Germany. My brother and my cousins live there and they told me it was a nice country and that the German people treated migrants well,"
"My wife and I went together with our little son to Turkey and from there we paid a smuggler to get us across to Greece by sea, which is full of dangers and the possibility of dying – or worse, seeing your family die before you. The journey by land was no better; we had to walk through six countries before reaching Germany: Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Austria. I carried my heavy backpack and my little one on my back. There were dozens of other migrants walking as well; we wrapped ourselves in blankets because of the cold as we weaved our way through the forests,"