Migrant Stories

Mohamed, a seventeen-year-old boy, came to Cyprus in 2019 in a boat without knowing which destination he was going to, but simply followed a close family friend who wanted a better life than the one they had Lebanon. Their aim was to go to another European country, but they ended up in Cyprus...
Marc came to Cyprus in 2019 through the non-government-controlled areas. He had left the stressed life he had in Cameroon to find a better future. He wanted to get away from unfortunate events he had experienced and find better job opportunities to make some money and send back to his ten-year-old...
Gan arrived in Cyprus in 2014 with a working visa and was employed in a goat farm. He had left Vietnam in search for better employment opportunities in a European country. He returned to Phon Dong, a village where most people work in farming, but which does not offer a lot of opportunities for...
Youssef came to Cyprus in October 2018 with a visitor’s card upon invitation of his sister who lives and works in Cyprus. He decided however that he could not find a sustainable job in Cyprus and close to his profession and thus decided to return to Morocco.  Youssef returned to Rabat as...
Reeya came to Cyprus in October 2014 at the age of 32. She was supplied with a domestic worker’s visa in order to work for a family. Unfortunately, limited options of employment and the eventual expiration of her work visa three years after her arrival led Reeya to IOM’s office for information...
Mariel came to Cyprus in August 2018 with a work permit for domestic work in Limassol. She was however released from her employer when he found out that she was pregnant.  As a single mother facing serious difficulties with finding a job in Cyprus and supporting her child, she decided to...
Sharmin arrived in Cyprus in 2007 with a student visa to study business administration and in 2015 he managed to complete his MBA studies. In order to extend his stay in the country he applied for international protection.  In the absence of interesting job opportunities and having missed...
Gurpreet came to Cyprus in 2018 with a work visa. After she became pregnant, she decided to return to India so that she could live with her mother who would help her with the pregnancy and with raising her child. She registered to the AVRR programme of the IOM during her sixth month of pregnancy...
Shehan came to Cyprus in 2018 at the age of 33 for better work and living opportunities in a European country. Due to family obligations and few opportunities of work in Cyprus, he decided to return to Sri Lanka with the assistance of IOM shortly after his arrival. Before coming to Cyprus,...
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...
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...
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...