Timo

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427 kmfrom home
#iamamigrant
"Move freely and come together, that’s what I did and what I wish people could do."
Timo
Occupation: 
Communications Professional
Current Country: 
Belgium
Country of Origin: 
Germany

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"My experience has been made easy by one of the EU's greatest achievements – the freedom of movement.

I was born in Germany and despite all the comforts of living in a place I knew well, with people I knew, I decided to discover new horizons and moved first to Greece, Britain and Belgium. In Brussels, I met my future wife who was visiting from the Netherlands where she was based at the time. As she is Slovenian, we got married in Piran, Slovenia and we had 13 different nationalities at our wedding.

I feel I belong to Brussels now. I am a strong supporter of the European project - I have even focused my career around it- and I enjoy the cosmopolitan nature of the city.

My experience has been made easy by one of the EU's greatest achievements; the freedom of movement. This gave me the privilege to share lifestyles from Belgium, Greece, Britain, Slovenia and Germany - an experience that made me who I am and for which I'm immensely grateful.

I cannot imagine what most migrants have to endure to get a chance of what I took for granted for a very long time.

Should my wife and I have children, we wish for them that they have even more freedom in a more open society, meet people from different backgrounds, have more opportunities to live and work anywhere their skills are needed and where they want to live.

Move freely and come together, that’s what I wish people could do."

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https://together.un.org            http://usaim.org/            https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org