It took Abdul Arian months to realize that his decision to migrate from his home country, Afghanistan, to Germany was a huge mistake.
He set off nearly a year ago, hoping to be granted asylum so he could attend a university and study psychology.
His journey, organized by smugglers, was long and perilous. Arian, 24, says he nearly drowned off the shores of Greece, when the inflatable dinghy he was traveling in capsized.
He says he and his fellow travelers got lost somewhere in Hungary and walked through the rain for 24 hours before they found the path again.