Sri Lanka

Krishnapillai – Agricultural Farming

Krishnapillai came to Belgium in 2014. His wife and five children stayed in Sri Lanka, he unfortunately had to leave due to several practical difficulties. He had a good life in Sri Lanka untiluntil 2002 when Krishnapillai was working as manager and accountant for a food company. However, after 2002 he became unemployed and faced several difficulties to find a new job. Occasionally he worked as a taxi driver to earn some extra money.

Shortly after his arrival in Belgium, he started to miss his family. After his request for asylum was denied, he decided to return to Sri Lanka. The Red Cross facility that was assisting him at the time informed him on the possibilities within the Voluntary Return and Reintegration programme and referred him to IOM Belgium for reintegration counselling

On 14 March 2015, Krishnapillai left Belgium with a twofold cause. Firstly he wanted to restart his life in his Sri Lanka and secondly he was eager to build a better future for his wife and children. Upon his arrival in Colombo on 15 March, the local IOM team welcomed him at the airport and accompanied him for the last part of his travel from Colombo to Jaffa, in the north of Sri Lanka.

Once he was back at home he contacted the local IOMOffice. They helped him in several ways. Firstly he took some extra classes in with economics and business management tailored to his own discipline and work experience. On a more personal level, he was provided with additional psychosocial support. Lastly he received some material support including several tools to work more efficiently on his farm as well as a two wheel tractor. In the near future, he plans to buy more land with the additional revenue to reap more and raise the living standard of his family.

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