They say that in Europe, they only wait for the tunisians to come and work. And there is a lot of work, because the Europeans do not like to make the dirty work themselves. Yes, they say a lot, but only rarely the truth. They do not say the truth, because NOBODY in Europe waits for the Tunisians to come for work (well, apart from some italian factories and agricultural industries and farmers). In fact, Tunisians have to stand at the end of the line, in front are other Europeans who look for work, and also Turkish or Russian people. And there are a lot more from countries that you have never heard about, but they are there and they stand in front of you in the line, and they become more, every single day. The truth is that in many European countries, the unemployment rate is almost as high as in Tunisia, in some countries the rate is even higher. And honestly, are you not wanting to leave tunisia because there are no jobs in Tunisia? Well - the other countries also have no jobs. Let me also stress that many jobs that you know from Tunisia are even not existant in Europe, because manchines are doing the job, not humans anymore. And it is also the case, that in many countries in Europe, without a decent specific learning for a job (which takes usually around 3 years with no or little pay), you will never be able to get a job that is even paying middle class wages. And what about the dirty work? It is a lie, too, because there are more than enough Europeans that would love to do dirty work, if it was WELL PAID. But because it is not well paid and you can not really live from the wage, Europeans turn it down. Which gives? It gives that the dirty work is underpaid work (compared to the living standard) and most of the immigrants, most probably you too, would NOT want to do this work for this kind of money. You also have to differentiate - if you come to Europe legal (with papers and residency) or illegal (for example by ship via Lampedusa or by overstaying your visa). Because, when you are an illegal alien, your work options are very, very small: No company will employ you, because their employment records are often checked by the state, and you also will have little to no rights, since after all, even when they give you work, you won't have a work contract, because you cannot make a contract with an illegal alien. You will never acquire any social insurance, you will have no health coverage and no insurance against accidents at work, because as an illegal alien, you won't have the rights for that. You can't drive a car (because when you register it, the police will come after you, because you have to show your passport and residency permit), in some countries, you won't even get a telephone line connected and you most certainly will not get any appartment, because no landlord will rent an appartment to an illegal alien. The police can fetch you off the streets any minute and put you onto a plane back to Tunisia. I will be respected in Europe, because Europe respects foreign people. Sorry, but no - nobody will respect you here out of the blue, they will rather think that you left your country because you could not make it there and now you come to Europe because you think it is easier here than in your home country. They won't respect your work experience or diplomas, unless you are very, very good (like the best of 100). And many will not respect your way of life or your religion either, because they think "If you want to live here, you must live by our rules" - and, if you think about it, wouldn't you think and say the very same thing about Europeans who want to live in Tunisia? Yes, there are many people, who will not discriminate others, but even then, if you only want to take (respect, tolerancy) and not give (integration into their way of life), you will soon stand alone. Here is a Golden Rule: To be respected in Europe, you must prove yourself worthy of being respected. As long as you try to raise sympathy just by telling from where you come, how bad the situation is in Tunisia or how dangerous your travel to Europe was, and as long as you try to obtain a special treatment just because you are a man, or a muslim, or a tunisian, as long you won't gain any respect at all in Europe. It is easy to earn a lot of money in Europe. Yes, it is easy, when you compare it to tunisian wages. In Europe, you can (IF you have a job), easily earn 2000 or 3000 Dinars per month. That is a whole lot of money, you think? Well, first you won't get this kind of money, but they will deduct taxes and insurances first, automatically. What you then get into your hands, is maybe 1500 or 2000 per month. And now consider that you have to pay for a tiny appartment (1 room) with electricity and water 800 Dinars or more every month. Each pack of cigarettes cost you 10 Dinars. Driving by bus will cost you 5 or 6 Dinars, and by taxi 20, 30 and more - even within the same town. For food you will pay 200, 300 or more Dinars per month. A roundtrip flight to Tunisia will be around 500 Dinars. In the end, 2000 Dinars per month is enough for 1 person, but you won't be able to save anything, you won't drive a fancy car and you won't travel to Tunisia 3 times a year. For 2 persons, 3000 is enough to live. If you want to live really good, then you must earn at least 4000-5000 Dinars/month and for 2, 3 or 4 people (a family) even more - but to earn that much, you must have a good education and work experience, which you will, most likely, not have in the beginning, but only after 5, 10 or 20 years of work. By the way - if you prefer to work in Italy and pick tomatoes or such on the fields, your pay will most likely be 1000 or 1500 Dinar/month - just to give you a realistic perspective... If you think to open up your own business in Europe, because you have worked, for example, as a coiffeur or electrician in Tunisia - it is not that easy, because to open up a business, you must fulfill the European rules to open a business, and, trust me, this is much much, harder than you imagine in your worst dreams, or, in other words: forget it, it simply won't happen, not anywhere in your near future. In Europe I will get money even when I do not work. That is not correct. Yes, you will get money (called "social welfare"), when you have no work, but only if you have a RESIDENCY PERMIT. If you are, however, an illegal alien, you will get nothing, because illegal aliens are not entitled to social welfare. The social welfare is, though, just enough to sleep and eat, you won't be able to buy more from the money that your monthly appartment rent and food, and maybe a few cigarettes (you will miss out on eating on that day, though). And - if you keep receiving welfare, they won't continue your residency permit, so if you cannot find a job soon, you will have to leave the country. And even when you receive social welfare, you must show the state that you are looking for a job, you must show them that you applied for jobs - or they will send you into "community work", where you have to work every day a couple of hours for 2-4 Dinars/hour, or into seminars. Living from social welfare is neither easy nor great - it is not much more than existing on a very low lifestyle. So, you watch all the time the young men coming home from Europe, on an holiday visit and they all show, everytime, how successful they are over there. They are rich, they made it, they must live like a Prince! But do they? Have you seen their houses, which are most likely just rented appartments, almost always in the bad part of town where all other immigrants are living too? And do they eat all the nice things that you have seen in Television? No, I am afraid ... usually they don't, they eat simple food, not much unlike the inexpensive daily dishes in Tunisia. But their car looks so nice and shiny, it must certainly have cost a lot ... but did it? Used cars can be bought for small money in Europe, and when you wash it and polish it, it looks like a new car, even when it is 20 or more years old. Or ... is it their car at all? Do they really own it - or is it owned by the bank, until, in 10 years, they have paid their loan back? Maybe it is even only leased and has to be given back in 2 years or maybe it is only rented from a car rental ... or just from a good friend. And what about all the presents they bring? Well, to be honest, quite a few buy those presents, like clothes or household items, in the cheapest shops where they cost only pocket change - but nobody in Tunisia really knows it, right? Nobody knows that the "Jippie"-Jeans is not an expensive brand of Europe, but something that even the poor in Europe would never wear in public, because others would laugh at them. But for Tunisia ... it can well be the latest chic from France, England or Germany! Many tunisian families in Europe live spartanic like in Tunisia. They don't eat too much, they don't spend a lot of money, most of them live like the poorest Europeans, but they save all their money to send it to Tunisia to make their family think, they are rich. They come home on their holidays with expensive looking presents in expensive looking cars, which are, in reality, not expensive at all or that are not fully paid yet, just to make the neighbours and the friends think, that they are rich. The problem is ... the tunisians, who live in Europe, they all know the truth and they all play the same game. NOBODY wants to tell the truth and NOBODY wants to loose their face, but THEY ALL KNOW that they are lieing and THEY ALL KNOW that they have lost their faces already. Most tunisians, and this is a fact, live in Europe and earn enough to make ends meet, but certainly not enough to live like princes in their daily life. There has been, just recently, a report of a tunisian man who crossed the mediterranean sea on a vessel, landed in Italy and made it all the way to Paris. And he said: "In Tunisia, they have palaces, but here, they live in the dirt". Oh yes, there are tunisians who work in Europe and who are rich and famous - but none of them came here without education or without a talent that is rare in Europe (doctors, soccer players, etc.). However, you think, you can always make money as a criminal and start a career in drug trading or prostitution, can't you? Yes, you can, and both are the safest methods to be caught by the police soon and sent to prison or right back to Tunisia - and to die young, as well. So you know the truth now - and if you do not believe it, check the information in the internet yourself, it is all there for you to read. Ask your best friends in Europe or ask any of the tourists, they all will confirm it, if they talk honest to you. But if you MUST go to Europe, then go ahead - marry an European or drive by vessel to Lampedusa (maybe even swim, if the vessel breaks). And when, after a few weeks, you will sit alone and hungry in a park or on a matress in your tiny appartment and you wish nothing more than to be home in Tunisia again - then you will know, from your own, most likely bad, experience, that my words have been true! If you are educated, though, and want to go to Europe, try a different approach: Search in the internet for jobs and apply for them - that is, have a serious job in Europe BEFORE you leave Tunisia. Have your work contract checked by the embassy of that country in Tunisia BEFORE you leave Tunisia. Make sure that your payment is high enough to live in Europe BEFORE you leave Tunisia. And, as long as you are waiting for a job, educate yourself more, learn additional things in your work, keep your work knowledge actual, learn languages, learn about other cultures, there is much you can do BEFORE you leave Tunisia, and the more you do, the better you become, the bigger are the chances that you can have an honest, serious and GOOD life in Europe!