Migrant Stories

Meet Bernadette, a Filipino lady with a piggery and a beneficiary of the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme of IOM Cyprus. In 2006, she left her little village in the Philippines to travel 9.000 Kilometres to Cyprus. With many dreams in her suitcase, Bernadette tried...
Growing up in a poor, small rural village with her family, Vi Thi was dreaming of a better future for herself. The continuous financial difficulties Vi Thi’s family was encountering led her to pack her suitcases and migrate to another country. So she took a difficult decision, to change...
She came to Cyprus with a luggage full of dreams and hopes for a better future, to work and prosper. Meet Kalawathi from Sri Lanka, a woman with inner strength and courage. “I came to Cyprus in 2009 to work as a domestic worker. I was the only person in my family who was working and I needed to...
Meet Kim from Vietnam, an inspiring single mother. Growing up in a small rural village, Kim was living her life with many financial difficulties. In these tough times, Kim takes the decision to look for a better future away from her home country. Her friends from the village, who have...
Life for children needs to be full of happiness and smiles. However, this is not always the case, as many offspring around the world face the not-so-happy side of life. Like Maaria, a teenage girl who came to Cyprus from Egypt and had to face difficulties in her life. At the sweet age of nine,...