“My name is Gurwinder and I am from India. I am a beneficiary of IOM's AVRR programme. I had been living in Greece for 6 years, and with IOM Greece's help I returned back to my country on March 2017, benefiting from reintegration assistance.
Initially, with the help of IOM, I purchased two cows for my livelihood and I set up a business back home in India's Amritsar district.
Once I earned enough income, I purchase another cow and I managed to earn more money. Owning land next to my house facilitates my daily business routine and I am planning to buy more cows in order to produce more milk and expand my customer list. My job made me feel like I was part of the community, and helped me start a new life in my country.
Thank you very much IOM. I am something more than happy. I feel important in my neighborhood. Coming back from Greece with nothing would have been embarrassing.”
Reintegration is a process that enables the returnee migrant to participate in the social, cultural, economic and political life of his or her country of origin again.
The programme "The implementation of Assisted Voluntary Returns, including Reintegration measures” (AVRR) is co-funded at 75 percent by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union (AMIF) and at 25 percent by the Hellenic Ministry of Interior.