Originally from Iran

Owner of a Middle Eastern Fast Food Restaurant, Slovenia

Farmaraz' Story

Farmaraz came to Slovenia from Iran as a refugee and has been living in Slovenia for the past seven years. After the initial challenge of not being able to work for the first year of living in Slovenia due to legislative limitations, he found work in a fast food restaurant.

“I’m very connected with people. I know maybe ten Iranians and a thousand Slovenians, some of whom I am close friends with. I don’t feel like a migrant. This is my home.”

After a few years he came to see what the local community’s preferences were regarding food. He decided to open his own fast food restaurant that offers Middle Eastern food made using fresh, healthy and home produced ingredients. Despite having arranged all the documents needed to open a restaurant, he was surprised to see how many different laws there were governing this area. The first year was made even more difficult as he and his girlfriend worked 15 hours a day without any holidays.

Although Farmaraz had a better paying job in Iran as a real estate agent, he is happy in Slovenia and optimistic about the future. Since he is very communicative, his job here gives him the opportunity to meet people and he enjoys chatting to his customers. “I’m very connected with people. I know maybe ten Iranians and a thousand Slovenians, some of whom I am close friends with. I don’t feel like a migrant. This is my home.”

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