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"Participating in IOM’s AVRR project was my only solution".
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“My name is Khurram. I was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan. I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers.

I went to school for 10 years and studied at the National College of Arts, in Lahore. After finishing my studies, I worked as a fashion designer and decorator. However, my city had religious and political problems. So, one day in July 2017, a political conflict broke out and I was almost killed. I was thrown hot water and at my body and it is burned on the one side. Fortunately I saved my face.

The next day I decided to go to Greece for a better life. It took me a month to get to Turkey. It cost me time and money.

I did not intend to go to another European country. I am an artist and I wanted to explore the vibrant Greek ancient and contemporary art and culture, and draw inspiration from them. It is a place of cultural importance that can trigger human creative abilities and motivate every artist.

I want to go back for two reasons. Although I have a lot of ideas, I do not have enough job opportunities here. Furthermore, in December 2017 my mother died and I feel bad I was not there. Now my father is sick in the hospital and I want to be at his side. That is why, participating in IOM’s AVRR project was my only solution. At this crucial moment, it is very important for me to be with my family”.

The programme "The implementation of Assisted Voluntary Returns, including Reintegration measures” (AVRR) is co-funded 75% by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union (AMIF) and 25% by the Hellenic Ministry of Interior.  

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