Ahmed Yacoub from Syria has been living in Luxembourg with his family for the last 13 months. Their apartment – the second one, after spending a short period of time in a reception centre – is located at the beautiful, leafy suburb of Beaufort.
On the 15th of November 2015, Ahmed’s family was among the first group of beneficiaries that left Greece for Luxembourg, under the relocation programme of the European Union, implemented by the IOM. From Athens, the family of five flew to Brussels and a bus took them to Luxembourg. They were accompanied by IOM’s staff and since that day, they never lost touch. After all, it’s easy for Ahmed to communicate in Greek: he has spent 10 years in Greece, working for a small garment factory. Then, he went back to Syria, before the war broke. The next time he set foot on Greece, it was to save his family from war. His son, Mohamed, was also born in Greece. Ahmed is fluent in Greek and he loves popular Greek music.
A year on, IOM’s staff met again with Ahmed, his wife Amina and their three children. They are very satisfied with their life in Luxembourg, in particular with the health care and education system. At the family’s arrival, all three of the children enrolled to school and they already speak Luxembourgish, French and German. As for the parents, for the moment they are taking French classes in order to be able to work as soon as possible. They are all very happy and now, they also can apply for Amina’s mother to be relocated from Syria to Luxembourg.
The door of the family’s welcoming home is always open for IOM Greece staff. After all, Ahmed wants to keep on practicing Greek and visit as soon as he gets the opportunity.
Through the EU Relocation Programme, the International Organization for Migration in Greece (IOM) supports the Government of Greece in relocating with safety and dignity asylum seekers to other EU Member States of Relocation (MSR). The Programme is funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union (AMIF).