stories

Edwin Rivera, 470 km
"I’m taking this path because I have goals for me and my family."
Karla Rodríguez, 440 km
"Being a migrant gave me the motivation and boosted me to start my own business."
Melissa Garcia, 1,297 km
"I’m convinced that here we can live a better life."
Ibrahim, 1,230 km
"I know how dangerous it is and I now know it’s not worth the risk, but going to Europe was my biggest dream and I failed at it.”
Moussa, 2,755 km
"My family is pure blood Nigerien. We don’t let anyone sit back and let their life go to waste."
Manuel, 9,877 km
"The world is a messy place, but building walls to keep it outside won’t help."

Photo Credit: OIM/Romeo Balancourt

Costa-Gavras, 1,786 km
"Solidarity is about respecting the ‘other’ regardless of who he or she is."

Credit: IOM/ John Walder

Jenan, 9,237 km
"There was always a piece of me that was different no matter what group of people I was trying to fit in with."

Credit: IOM/ John Walder

Shireen, 8,836 km
"My father’s intellectual talent was his access to the United States"
Roberto, 650 km
"Change is inevitable, whether you seek it out or it comes to you."
Ravi, 6,914 km
"Migration represents a chance to become a global citizen and to enjoy the amazing diversity that makes up our world."
Rachel, 14,711 km
"Home is about people. In that sense, it's something you can carry with you, and build in a new place."
Aqeel, 5,473 km
"I hope to bring a sense of love, peace, happiness and friendship with me to each new place I go."
Agathe, 465 km
"Integration means getting over the idea that a migrant will stay a migrant, both new arrivals and the locals need to understand this."
Lidia, 5,909 km
"It is not leaving your country that frightens; it is the possibility that one day there might not be a country you can call yours."
Mauricio, 8,977 km
"Migration is an opportunity to put yourself out of your comfort zone and achieve your personal goals."
Kleio, 2,763 km
"The biggest challenge I had to overcome as an immigrant was, and still is, the fact that I have to prove myself again."
Imogen, 1,600 km
"Home is dynamic; it is where your family is, where you have good memories and where you make your nest."
Sylvie, 465 km
"I don't like the word 'integration,' I prefer 'inclusion'. We all have to work to be a part of the society we live in."
Yingxue, 7,605 km
"From both an academic and personal point of view, I have come to understand how important integration can be."

 

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