Nishal moved to Brandon in Canada eight years ago, along with 100 others selected from a job fair held by IOM in Mauritius.
“I got my permanent resident visa after only two years, which allowed me to bring my wife and daughter over here.
When I left, I was travelling out of Mauritius for the first time. I came to Canada looking for a better future. I started off working in the food industry until I joined a cab company I still work for.
As a cab driver, I get to meet and talk to many people and most of the time we end up having a conversation about my origin. They really like learning about the habits and values of another country. Most of the time, they look up Mauritius on their phone and ask me why I left a tropical island.
I love travelling to new places but I also enjoy living here because I am surrounded by people from diverse cultures. Canada is a country that welcomes migrants from everywhere. It gives people the opportunity to work, study and do anything else in a safe environment.
Whether they’re here to study or work, I’ve never heard anyone complain about the way they are treated here. Canadians are very open-minded and friendly people.
I didn’t know how to speak English properly when I came to Canada so I took English classes and now, even though I’m fluent I’m still afraid of making mistakes. But Canadians are helpful and considerate. They don’t laugh at you and try to understand.
I’m happy with my life. I came here with 100 dollars and now I have my own house, a Canadian passport and I can travel anywhere in the world. I can decide to go back to my island to visit my family anytime. Even though I left, I still love Mauritius; the land where I was born. I will never forget that.”