Alvis, Colombo, Sri Lanka
„The people in Cyprus should
treat foreigners as they treat their own fellow citizens.
All one has to do is go there to see what it’s really
Chamila (age 32) is trained to be a soldier and a children’s
nurse. Her brother believes, however, that she should not
work; he feels it is not fitting for a woman. Until the death
of her husband it also wasn’t necessary. Chamila lives
with her mother, her three children, and, what’s more,
her sister and her husband and children, in a small cabin
with a roof of corrugated tin, on the border of Colombo, Sri
In order to be able to give herself and her children more
space, and them a better education, she is looking for work
as a nanny or housemaid in Europe.
Nebelung, Ballenstedt, Germany
„First it has to work out: First
you have to survive the first four weeks.“
After his mandatory army duty, Volker Nebelung did assembly
work in the Ukraine. Next he was employed as a construction
worker and later as an overseer, both at the firm Bilfinger
Berger. He lost his job after the intrusion of the construction
industry in East Germany. He lives with his wife and son
in their own house in Ballenstedt near Magdeburg.
Wagner, Wernigerode, Germany
„Maybe we will have another child.
When I get home at three or four in the afternoon, it’s
Dirk is a carpenter by trade and has worked for many years setting
up construction molds. Then he opened his own gift shop. That enterprise
didn’t bring in enough income, so he has been on unemployment
for a while. He uses his time to work with his wife, renovating
and modifying their house in Koenigshuette (Harz). However, he desperately
needs money and therefore wants to move to England as soon as possible.
Lockmiller, New York, USA
"A good resume typically
has information on it that says Ì did something at
company X, I did it well and we saved 20 mio dollars."
Gaines, Jay Gaines & Company Inc., New York, USA
“The problem with the
boys on Wall Street is that when they are successful, they
Jay Gaines studied psychology and has worked since 1972
as an executive search consultant. He opened his own company
in 1982, in which he now employs about 20 people. He works
predominantly in the areas of finance, banking, and information
technology (IT). He is married, has two children, and enjoys
fishing, boating, and dreaming about cars.
Mandl, EDER Construction, Salzburg, Austria
“We don’t work with
trucks, we work with human fates.”
Frenken, Northstar, Tilburg, Netherlands
“We can’t verify 100%
whether you can do all that you say you can do. However, within
a day you’ll mess up and then you can just go home.”
Papadamou, Papadamou Travel, Nicosia, Cyprus
„You’ve done this and that; God will reward you
or punish you or whatever, depending on what you have done.
Isn’t that true?”
Hafeel, Al Rashid Private Limited, Colombo, Sri Lanka
„The people in Cyprus have
a different culture; the country belongs to Europe. They
have to get used to that.“