In 2016, Hasan was working in a metal workshop in Afghanistan. Around this time he decided to go abroad, hoping for a better future and a higher income. His initial plan was to go to Switzerland. His journey from Afghanistan to Europe was dotted with many difficulties, as he was travelling irregularly.
He made it to Greece where he spent almost eight months, unable to move on to Switzerland. He was fully aware of the risks for people moving irregularly across Europe – which can be fatal in some cases. So, instead, he opted to return back to his country and join his family, with the support of IOM.
Upon his arrival, he decided to invest in a metal workshop in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul. He decided to approach his former boss, a metal smith who he had worked with before leaving for Europe, hoping that he would be interested in starting a business together. With the assistance of IOM Offices in Greece and Afghanistan, the plan became reality.
Hasan owns now 50 percent of the business' shares and the workshop is located near his home. Together with his partner, they produce a variety of metal products such as window frames, doors, fences, etc. His net income is approximately 200 EUR per month. He spends 28 EUR on rent, while also providing for his family.
Thanks to his previous experience and motivation, he has learned all of his business’s activities very quickly and now is a qualified metal smith.
Hasan is very happy with his life and the expansion of the business, as well: the two partners have already hired a worker for their workshop and they plan to start another metal workshop in a different area of Kabul, in order to have more clients and increase their income.
The project "The Implementation of Assisted Voluntary Returns including Reintegration Measures" (AVRR) is co-funded at 75 percent by Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and at 25 percent by the Greek Ministry of Interior.