Xenia migrated from Chile to Spain in 2005, where she started to work as a housekeeper and nanny for a Spanish family. When the family moved to Norway in 2012 Xenia moved with them. But things didn’t work out and Xenia stopped working for the family. She tried to find work, but the language barrier and her irregular status made it impossible for her to find enough work to survive.
"I had no idea what I would do when I returned to Chile, but the staff at IOM explained the pros and cons of the reintegration packages, and together we made a plan", says Xenia. "The money didn’t influence my decision, but it did help cover my basic costs when I arrived in Santiago. I spent the money on a sewing machine, drivers’ license and my daughter’s school fees."
"I will stay in Chile, my children are here and I have the support of my family."
"IOM understood my vulnerable situation."