UKRAINE: I Want to Take a Chance to Start a New Life

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Sofia Inna left her home in Ukraine when she was 20 years old. The motivation behind leaving Ukraine were family reasons, desire to become independent and to make more money.

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PHILIPPINES: After Returning Home with IOM Help I Can Support My Family

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Mr. Lagarde left Philippines for Slovakia to earn enough money for the livelihood of his family. During more than six years abroad he had several jobs – he worked as a waiter, a driver or a warehouseman.

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KOSOVO: With IOM Assistance we Managed to Create our Own Home

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Story of a 31 year-old Sheremet Beqiri begins in Kosovo, where he lived with his family at his cousin´s apartment. Unfortunately, they could no longer stay at his place and so they decided to leave the country.

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VIETNAM: "I am happy that I could return back to my children"

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Ms. My left her native Vietnam and departed for Russia to help her sister. Ms. My lived with her son for some time in Moscow where she worked in a garment factory.

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VIETNAM: "I went working abroad to help my family"

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Mr. Xuan Quynh lived in Slovakia for more than four years. Initially, he aimed to work in the United Kingdom in order to earn money for his family.

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VIETNAM: "Without IOM Support I Could Not Have Returned Home"

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Mr. Minh left Vietnam in 2008 and he came legally to work in Slovakia. He was employed as a factory worker.

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MOLDOVA: Help with Re-opening of a Welding Workshop

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Alexander had lived in Moldova – Transnistria region. He went abroad and worked three years in various European countries as a welder, mechanic and constructions worker.

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MOLDOVA: "Everybody should be helped"

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Mr. Vitalie left Southeast Moldova in order to search for work in Slovakia. Southeast Moldova is industrially one of the least developed and poorest countries in Europe.

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UNSC Resolution 1244 - administered Kosovo: Family without home begins a new life

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Family with three small children left Kosovo, where they had lost a house during the armed conflict, and asked for asylum in Slovakia.

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MOLDOVA: "Thanks to IOM I have a place to live"

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Mrs. Alexandra comes from Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe. She left for Slovakia to make some money and pay back all of her debts.

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VIETNAM: Assistance with a new beginning

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Mrs. Le Thi Binh from Vietnam came to Slovakia legally to visit her son. After her visa expired, she was living there illegally for another four years. For return home she was missing valid travel documents and money.

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UNSC Resolution 1244 - administered Kosovo: Production of milk

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One of the successful examples of reintegration assistance provided by IOM Bratislava is the story of Nikola from Serbia- Kosovo. Nikola was an irregular migrant who decided to return back home to look after his sick father.

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UKRAINE: Insulation and reconstruction of a house

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Mr. Bogdan Rudyk comes from Ukraine, one of the biggest and poorest countries in Europe.

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PARAGUAY: Setting up of a car repairs/ pneu-service garage

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Gustavo Ibarra arrived in Slovakia upon invitation of Slovak entrepreneurs. They invited Gustavo in order to help them set up a sweet potatoes farm in Slovakia.

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VIETNAM: Partnership with a transportation company

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Mr. Doan Xuan Truong belongs to the group of Vietnamese migrant workers who came to Slovakia during the period of economic boom to work there.

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VIETNAM: Setting up of a sewing workshop

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Mr. Chien is one of the Vietnamese migrant workers who came to Slovakia for work. He found a job as a bricklayer. He used to do this kind of work also in Vietnam before.

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KOSOVO: Opening of a restaurant

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Safet comes from Kosovo which despite the termination of the armed phase of the conflict, continues to suffer from high unemployment rate.

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MOLDOVA: Delivery and sale of fruits and vegetables

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George Racila comes from Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe. Due to bad economic situation, George decided to leave Moldova and search for a job in Europe.

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Success stories

Films - Stories of migrants

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Voluntary Return and Reintegration in Country of Origin (Individual Project).

This project is co-funded by the European Union from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). Internal Security Fund.

Assisted Voluntary Returns and Reintegrations
International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Slovakia