MOLDOVA: Help with Re-opening of a Welding Workshop


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.

He arrived in Slovakia in February in search for a job. Since he had no residence permit, the Alien police detained him and placed him in a detention centre for aliens in Secovce where he was awaiting his deportation from Slovakia. Following the information meeting during which the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme (AVRR) was presented to him, the returnee decided to return home with the assistance of IOM and registered into the AVRR programme. The information meetings on AVRR are organised by IOM staff in detention centres for aliens in Secovce and Medvedov.

IOM provided Alexander with flight tickets and organized his return. In March everything was ready and Alexander could return home. Before his departure he also elaborated a reintegration plan specifying which assistance he would receive from IOM following his arrival in Moldova. The assistance was aimed at re-opening of a welding workshop. After his return to Moldova, Alexander contacted the IOM office in Moldovan capital Chisinau and confirmed his interest in the assistance. IOM in Chisinau purchased the necessary material and tools for welding of doors and windows and other workshop equipment, as specified in the returnee’s plan. The returnee opened the workshop in his parents’ house.

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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