‘What I’ve seen in Europe is not what I dreamed about. It’s not what [the smugglers] told me it would be,’ Gazwan Abdulhasen Abdulla, a 37-year-old who had worked as a truck driver in Iraq, told the LA Times.
After paying a substantial sum to smugglers to travel to Europe, he is now returning to his wife and four children in Basra, along with 150 others on a one-way ticket to Iraq.
‘The food was terrible, so disgusting that not even animals should be fed it. They made us sleep in these cold, empty buildings and when someone said they were sick, they just ignored us.
You could feel it everywhere that Germans looked down at us like we were bums. I miss my family and can’t wait to get home.’
Similar trends have been seen in Scandinavia, with an increasing number of refugees and migrants withdrawing their applications and returning home.