Training program helps migrants restart life in Greece

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Added On March 16, 2019

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Some young immigrants and refugees have started a new life in Athens, thanks to a training program aiming to help unemployed youth.
 
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Fariba Amini, 21, fled war in Afghanistan three years ago.
 
Thanks to help from the training program, she has now started her own business in Athens.
 
SOUNDITE1 (FARSI) FARIBA AMINI, Afghan Refugee
“I never had the opportunity to go to school. Since I joined this program, I feel like I have become a new person.”
 
Born and bred in Afghanistan, Amini?left the country after her brother was killed. She spent a whole year in a state-run reception facility in the suburbs of Athens.
 
Now, Amini sees Greece as her new home and a place where her dreams can come true.
 
SOUNDITE4 (FARSI) FARIBA AMINI, Afghan Refugee
“My future goal is to open a big store here. I also plan to set up several branch stores in other countries. But my business will be primarily based in Greece.”
 
Like Amini, 37-year-old Samin Razaghe, who came from Iran with her 16-year old son, also joined the program. She has long dreamed of becoming a make-up artist.
 
SOUNDITE 2 (FARSI 女同) SAMIN RAZAGHE, Refugee from Iran
“The certificate gave me self-esteem and self-confidence. It opened new doors, now I have hope, I know I can do a lot of things.”
 
Elena Mavromichali, chief of the programe "Business for Youth", said their courses help those plagued by unemployment and segregation to stand on their own feet.
 
SOUNDITE3 (ENGLISH) ELENA MAVROMICHALI, Chief of Business for Youth
“The most outstanding value of the program is that it is encouraging people to work on their ideas. To think that they have the opportunities and they can effort into creating something that is sustainable. I believe that especially for women, it's a fantastic opportunity to start thinking about entrepreneurship.”