Eleonora

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11,798 kmfrom home
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"Because of all my travels, I can consider any place in the world my home."
Eleonora
Current Country: 
Italy
Country of Origin: 
Argentina

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"I was 12 years old when I first left Argentina to go to Italy — my family moved for economic reasons. At that age, you are old enough to have established your group of friends, your activities and your routines. I was really sad when we moved and for a short while I didn't want to talk to anyone. Luckily it only took two weeks before I started feeling at home in Italy, but after a few years I started to feel the desire for something new, and I moved again to England when I was 19.

All the moving and travelling I have done in my life has pushed me to accept that I'm not 100% from any culture, at first this was a challenge that I had to get over. But now I understand that it means I have a mix of cultures within me. I had enough of an attachment to Argentina to miss the food and traditions now that I'm away, but moving has allowed me to be a free spirit, to be strong and open-minded, and to be flexible. I would give the same piece of advice to those who wish to migrate and those who live in host countries - travel as much as you can! It is because of travel that I can consider any place in the world my home."

This story is brought to you in partnership with The Refugee Cultural Festival, 2017 edition. The festival was launched to encourage small, local actions to embrace diversity and support those forced to leave their homes due to war, famine and climate change. Learn more about the festival and donate by clicking here

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