Leonardo

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"Back home I want those who have helped me to see what I have accomplished."
Leonardo
Occupation: 
Entrepreneur
Current Country: 
Chile
Country of Origin: 
Chile

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“I traveled to Switzerland after finishing my first semester in political science at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso) in Chile. I settled in Switzerland for 16 years, got married, had a child, divorced, and had countless work and personal experiences.

While I was living in Geneva, I had the opportunity to work at L’Usine, a cultural center. There, I learned about electronic music and image projection (mapping). I am now back in Chile, per my own decision, to set up a business. My project at home consists of mixing music with mapping, and eventually replicating the model from the cultural center. It is starting slowly, but I am confident that I will be able to achieve it. I am currently searching for a business location and putting together a group of DJs for the project.

Through its assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR) programme, IOM provided me with financial support for my return to Chile. I would tell those who want to approach IOM to trust them, they are professionals. I have also been at the IOM Chile office and received additional assistance. 

When I returned to Chile from Switzerland, they waited for me at each airport to accompany me while I waited for departure, and they gave me the tranquility and support I needed so that I could arrive in Chile calm and confident. I advise migrants who are currently in difficult situations, like the ones I went through, that they should make the decision to return to their country if they are not well where they are or if they are suffering.

While in Geneva, I heard about the case of an Ethiopian national who received the same help as I did, bought a cow and started making cheese, then bought another cow and another, and now owns a farm. You must start somewhere and, with the will to do so, you can be happy here, there, or wherever. I want to thank IOM for the help that they have given me, I am truly grateful. I would like to invite them to the inauguration of my project so that they can see what I have accomplished thanks to them.”

 

 

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