A Journey Into the Unknown

In 2010 Arif M., his wife Silvana and their four children were deported to their home country of Macedonia after six months of residence in Sweden. A few months later, the family left again to seek asylum in Germany. 

After eight months without getting a residence permit and in permanent fear of deportation, the family decided to voluntarily return to Macedonia. The story is told from the perspective of Arif M., the father of the family. Jonas Opperskalski accompanied them on their journey into the unknown and got to know the permanent fellow traveller of the Romani: discrimination.

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Jonas Opperskalski

Jonas Opperskalski is a German-born photographer. He has studied photography in Munich and worked as a camera operator at German tv-station ARD in Israel. Opperkalski studied photojournalism and visual storytelling in Denmark. In 2010 he was granted a scholarship for promotion of young talent by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).