stories

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Carbonet, 12,624 km
"As refugees, we were limited to what we could plan and do. In Australia we feel like we belong. We are not waiting anymore."

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Karen, 8,987 km
"Moving was easier than I thought because we had the support of many people who also migrated to this town."

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Komal, 4,643 km
"Meeting people from other countries that share my lived my experience makes me feel better. I know I’m not alone."

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Shakirat, 1,419 km
"The more you live, the more you learn. However, I wouldn’t wish this kind of suffering upon anyone, not even my worst enemy.”

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Natasha, 3,087 km
"We need to be aware of our capacities, tolerate differences and always be ready to learn and adapt."

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Jessy, 4,569 km
"What’s important is being healthy, and having a job and a place to live, be it in Portugal or elsewhere."

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Nicole, 9,007 km
"I know that if I wanted to go back home I always have that option — I feel very lucky to have that choice."

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Liu, 9,277 km
"I know people from my neighborhood. They are the ones who help me when I need help."

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Syed, 9,165 km
"Seniors do not seem to care for age or race, and they just greet everyone. It is a lovely habit that all generations should practice!"

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Guillaume, 2,099 km
"I'm even more aware of my privileges, especially the privilege of being able to migrate freely."

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Rafat, 5,598 km
"Every day I think about Syria. It seems that everything I knew there happened in another life — a life I miss a lot."

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David, 2,187 km
"I love how there is a lot of socializing within Lisbon's local communities themselves."
Noemie, 6,223 km
"The positive part of migration is that you become more cultured and enriched, and hopefully you can pay that forward wherever you go."

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Sara, 951 km
“When I was there, in the middle of the desert, with the sun burning my skin, I thought that was the end.”

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Rafa and Alice, 653 km
"We feel torn; when we go back to our countries we feel at home, but we miss Lisbon too!"
Cynthia, 1,498 km
"Meeting people with diverse mindsets has helped me to appreciate the ways someone with a different background can enrich your life."

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Rene
"I wanted to take the time to reconnect with the country I came from, not only as a visitor but as a member of society."

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Samo, 5,425 km
"Nobody leaves their country to seek help. Everyone wants to work and be independent."

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Julia, 7,495 km
"Those who take the initiative to leave home are open and receptive to a new culture and new ways of living."

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Maria Magdala, 7,495 km
"It is necessary to recognize the xenophobia that we have in ourselves. Only then will we be able to deconstruct and destroy it."

 

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