“I constantly felt like a guest with no hope,” says Aso, a Kurdish returnee

Aso, a 29-year-old from Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan, migrated irregularly through seven countries to reach Germany where he...
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“Not enough food, bathrooms, or healthcare services,” says Ramin, an Afghan returnee

Ramin*, 22, is one of the many Afghans who have been returned home this year after attempting to migrate irregularly to Europe....
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Returnee from Libya warns Nigerians against irregular migration

Nigerian returnee, Jubril Bukar, has cautioned Nigerians against embarking on irregular migration to Libya. “I beg Nigerians not t...
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Nigerian returnee from Libya cautions others against taking the irregular route to Europe

Since the launch of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) voluntary return programme, more than 8, 000 Nigerian...
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After failed migration attempt, Kurdish returnee still in debt to smuggler

Ahmed Gorran, a Kurdish migrant, made the difficult decision to leave his wife and two children in Iraqi Kurdistan in search of...
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Kurdish returnee builds successful business after vocational training

At the age of 18, Shwan Halaq decided to migrate irregularly to Europe through a smuggler in the Iraqi city of Erbil. His friends...
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Irregular migrants from Northern Nigeria tell of suffering in Libya

The alarming rate of irregular migration has become a major issue in Nigeria. While most of the emphasis has focused on people...
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“After six years in Sweden, I was forcibly deported back to Iraq without my children”

On the morning of 31 January 2018, 45-year-old Zhyan Ahmed*, a mother of three children living in Sweden opened her door to find...
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‘I Regret Taking the Illegal Route’ – Kurdish returnee from Germany

Dlawar Omar from Rwanduz took what he thought would be a positive, life-changing decision in 2015 and decided to invest the money...
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