Zeina tried to escape war-torn Syria by moving to Egypt. Her family wanted to start a new life there, and things didn’t go badly for Zeina at first. She took her final secondary school examinations in her new home country and began to study pharmaceutics, but the political and economic situation in Egypt began deteriorating noticeably.
When the last shred of hope for a regulated future began to fade, the family decided to embark on a journey full of incalculable risks. With her mother, little sister and her fiancé, Zeina ferried from Egypt to Greece on a boat. From there they fled to Germany.
Forgetting life as a refugee through work
She has been here since 2015, feels comfortable and would like to stay. For this purpose, Zeina would like to improve her German, start an apprenticeship, and find a meaningful career. Care Forward’s career entry training was just right for her; Zeina has learned a great deal from this program and now has an idea of the training opportunities and professions available in Germany. She was also able to dispel some of her fears, such as believing that finding a job is difficult because she wears a hijab and, as a refugee, does not speak German perfectly.
Zeina now realizes that the German job market offers many opportunities. She might become a retail saleswoman, but is currently considering multiple paths and the training required for each one. Her main hope for the future is to leave life as a refugee behind by engaging in fulfilling work. She also wishes to travel to Lebanon to visit her father and brother, whom she misses dearly.