A Promise

Posted on: 2018/2/20 12:02

Ahmed, who sold everything he had back in 2016 to make the journey to Europe, was able to return home and open a dairy farm, utilizing his grant and his already significant agricultural and farming skills to further develop the farm he was able to open, turning the vague promise of opportunities into a reward brought by dedication, hard work, and perseverance.

Located in Behira, Egypt, is a dairy farm built for Mr. Ahmed Abdel Maqsood El-Nagger, a young Egyptian returnee from Greece who crossed the forbidding Mediterranean Sea, hoping for a better future. Ahmed, a passionate man intent on working hard and paving his own way in the world, had been told all throughout his life of the myriad of opportunities in European countries. Europe was a promise of a better life that Ahmed wanted to chase.

Starting the journey from a coffee shop in Behira, Ahmed was approached by a smuggler who made many promises and few warnings of the danger this journey presented. Ahmed left Egypt in 2016, spending 3 days at sea with unstable boats, strong winds, and high sea levels. The journey was nearly fatal for Ahmed, who later said: “I will never risk my life again in the sea, it is a devastating journey.”

As soon as Ahmed reached the island of Crete, he was placed in detention, where he stayed for over 1 month until IOM’s AVRR team approached him, after he expressed his desire to return home, and offered him the voluntary return option with a small project grant to enable him to reintegrate smoothly within his community. Ahmed decided to go through with the screening process, and, after approval, was offered a reintegration grant, provided by the Greek Ministry of Interior. Ahmed, who sold everything he had back in 2016 to make the journey to Europe, was able to return home and open a dairy farm, utilizing his grant and his already significant agricultural and farming skills to further develop the farm he was able to open, turning the vague promise of opportunities into a reward brought by dedication, hard work, and perseverance.

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Data from 2011 – 2015 includes Return only. Data from 2016 – 2018 includes Return and Reintegration.

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