In July 2015, after having spent 10 months in Austria, Turpal decided to voluntarily return from Austria to his hometown Grozny in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation.
“I had the necessary work experience. From the very start, this business provided me with a steady source of income. Currently I am doing small renovations in my parent’s house and making a separate room for myself. I would like to get married and become totally independent from my parents.”
Turpal was also very keen on acquiring further education. He visited a business training organized by IOM and received financial support for attending a book keeping course. But Turpal’s thirst for knowledge was not yet quenched– he used a part of the EUR 500 cash grant to travel to Pyatigorsk in order to enroll in university for a distance learning course in Information Systems and Technologies.
Turpal has no doubts that his decision to return to the Chechen Republic was the right one. “When I was in Austria I missed my parents, relatives and friends the most. Now I understand that Grozny is my home.”
Once he had decided to return, Turpal registered for IOM’s reintegration project ‘RESTART'*. Turpal decided to invest his reintegration assistance in purchasing necessary tools for a tire fitting shop.
*Reintegration Assistance for Voluntary Returnees to Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Russian Federation/Chechen Republic, (co-funded by the Austrian Ministry of the Interior and the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union). Within the framework of this project, he received a EUR 500 cash grant and in-kind assistance of around EUR 2,800 for income generating activities.