A Round-trip for a Second Chance at Prosperity

We all know that timeless saying: “Old is gold”. This was quite literally the case for Mr. Ibrahim Hanna, whose old fortune lied in the gold markets of Egypt until the year of 2011. His family had been in the gold trading business for several decades, but as luck would have it, the family-run store was broken into and robbed in the aftermath of the January 25th revolution.

Cracking underneath the strain of a worsening economic situation and the deterioration of his mother’s health condition, Mr. Ibrahim and his family decided to leave Egypt and head out in search of a second chance to eke out a better standard of living for themselves

We all know that timeless saying: “Old is gold”. This was quite literally the case for Mr. Ibrahim Hanna, whose old fortune lied in the gold markets of Egypt until the year of 2011. His family had been in the gold trading business for several decades, but as luck would have it, the family-run store was broken into and robbed in the aftermath of the January 25th revolution.

Cracking underneath the strain of a worsening economic situation and the deterioration of his mother’s health condition, Mr. Ibrahim and his family decided to leave Egypt and head out in search of a second chance to eke out a better standard of living for themselves. In 2013, Mr. Ibrahim and his mother flew into Europe’s fields of blooming color, the Netherlands, where Mr. Ibrahim was able to secure a job as a construction worker. However, they soon discovered that living in the Netherlands was nothing like they had expected. The living expenses far exceeded the income Mr. Ibrahim was making from his job in the construction field, and once again, he found himself underneath a mounting pressure of debt and bills that he needed to cover by the end of each month.

After struggling to make ends meet for almost one year in the Netherlands, Mr. Ibrahim decided to contact IOM and apply for an AVRR grant that would allow him to return to his home country with confidence. Under the auspices of IOM Hague, he was provided with in-kind assistance amounting up to 1,500 Euros.

Several years after the family’s return to Cairo, IOM conducted a short interview with Mr. Ibrahim to follow up on the results of the AVRR grant. He said that “Without IOM’s valuable assistance, I would not have taken the decision to return and remain in Egypt.” The grant gave him a chance to shift his career from construction to transportation. He currently owns a taxi and says he is very happy to have been able to restart his life back home.

A Round-trip for a Second Chance at Prosperity