Amal could not take it any longer in Kafr Batna, her hometown near Damascus. Her house was bombed and the deafening attack noises continuously raged in her head, even during the rare moments of silence in between bombings and open fire. With a heavy heart and hoping for a “normal” life, she decided to follow her siblings to Germany. She left her four children under the tutelage of relatives: She did not dare to take them on the highly-dangerous journey to Europe by foot and boat. Amal hoped to start a completely new life in Germany and bring the little ones to her new home immediately, but political decisions are currently hampering her chances at reuniting with her kids. While she works on finding a path to get her children to Germany, Amal has focused on finding regular job.
The search for work: German as hurdle for refugees
In Syria, Amal earned her living as a hairdresser and saleswoman. Although she was initially open to pursuing other professions in Germany, she found it difficult to find a suitable job. Her limited knowledge of the German labour market and the challenging language were her biggest barriers to finding a job. Through an online ad Amal came to Care Forward and successfully completed the career entry training. During this time Amal learned how to best search for jobs, how the tax system works, and what her rights and duties are. The best thing about the program for her is the great teachers and interpreters with whom she has formed close ties and friendships.
Amal proudly describes how she has already taken on several part-time jobs in private households. She recommends that all female refugees seeking work should participate in the Care Forward program. For the future, she “would like to stay in this country very much, bring my children to me quickly, and to work here. I think my future in Germany is beautiful.”