He was on one of the boats that you heard about in the news stuff awfully new numbers in the Fleisses as thousands of Dystrophy who seek refuge 2016 we'll be the deadliest year ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean paying thousands of dollars for a trip that could cost them their lives. Ten should be shifted, moved. He saw people dying troop. Troop ten and boom. Like a capsizing or falling from the boat, introduced c- he felt as asylum application almost two years ago. And since then nothing. All he could do legally was wait in refugee camp. That's a big problem. A lot of people waiting for asylum have to deal with. They aren't allowed to get a job which means Mahmoud couldn't send money back to his family. From God. Komando unwieldy flows you. He wants to work. He wants to learn the language. And if you're have no chance to do this, So you're stuck gun, You get tired. Then frustrating day Mahmoud spent two years all alone feeling like a failure that the odds of him getting asylum were stacked against him. And he's not wrong. The Austrian courts have been overwhelmed by the number of applications. When the migrant crisis reached its peak back in 2015 The number of people wanting to stay in Austria tripled to know a full-blown emerge that will do not often turn what the little. He's so other people receive. Being a negative decision that they have to go back down to, That's why he decided for himself to go back before he get a negative. Instead of waiting longer Makhmoud made a tough decision. He decided to leave Austria and go back to Iraq. That decision to voluntarily leave the country is exactly the choice. The Austrian government wants refugees like my mood to make last spring, Austrian announced it would pay refugees a thousand euros If they signed up to leave on their own. It's an incentive. It's gaining traction across Europe and Eisenhower did truths Who voluntary option all we have to this coastal forced auction. This is Karl-Heinz grinned bok. He's the spokesperson for the Austrian interior ministry. The department that's funding the voluntary program. When Eric comes to forced return, We're talking about arresting people. The means that we also have detention centers for those people who were waiting for forced return. Greenback says It's a lot cheaper to give someone a one-way flight and a thousand euros than using resources. To deport them And he says, when there are more applications, There will be more ejections So the government has wanted to encourage more refugees to return home. And thousands have taken the by out. But Phillip, F Iyed mock moods councillor is not sure that paying refugees to leave is in their best interest. He says it's really important that a refugee makes a life-changing decision like this one on his own. At the airport and we are here, but this program is exactly why Makhmoud Harb is headed to the airport today. He decided to take the money, go back home to Iraq and use it to buy a car and become a cab driver. We get off the bus and my food grabs all his belongings. The only as a small carry-on suitcase on the back. Sent him off Elliott, I'm Rick Bob Simpson-Bill national. They said that didn't make any sense to come here. Okay. Like two years he was here for nothing. We walk into the airport where we meet another official, who gives him more paperwork to fill out. He heads to the check-in counter, where he dropped off his bags and we shake hands by a book. A book. So now he's he's off phrase off, Yeah. After a long journey, It's a quick and quiet goodbye to Europe. Raccoon heads through security to board his one way flight home to Iraq. Lucy Perkins NPR News Viana NPR has tried, but hasn't heard from could since he returned to Iraq.