Nathalie

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"Racism stems from fear of the other, but it is high time to take stereotypes and wring their necks."

"I have always been interested in discussing the issue of migration, because I consider myself a migrant: I currently work between Brussels, Strasbourg and Paris. One word that suits me is “nomad” and there are many things I have in common with nomadic populations, especially because I find it easy to adapt to new environments.

Being a nomad means living on the move, which makes life incredibly rich and much more interesting for me than a stationary existence. Obviously, many difficulties can arise from being in a country that is not yours. One of them is to be able to blossom and reach one’s full potential in the place where one has migrated.

My parents experienced deportation, but they managed to find strength despite the upheaval. As we mark the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaty, it’s important in Europe that we remember the importance of humanity and that we keep it in mind every time we make decisions. Racism stems from fear of the other, but it is high time to take stereotypes and wring their necks."

photo credit: IOM/Thomas Marchal

481 kmfrom home
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Nathalie
Current Country: 
Belgium
Country of Origin: 
France

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