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Sara, 951 km
“When I was there, in the middle of the desert, with the sun burning my skin, I thought that was the end.”

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Rafa and Alice, 653 km
"We feel torn; when we go back to our countries we feel at home, but we miss Lisbon too!"

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"I wanted to take the time to reconnect with the country I came from, not only as a visitor but as a member of society."

Photo credit: IOM/Tiago Figueiredo

Samo, 5,425 km
"Nobody leaves their country to seek help. Everyone wants to work and be independent."

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Julia, 7,495 km
"Those who take the initiative to leave home are open and receptive to a new culture and new ways of living."

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Maria Magdala, 7,495 km
"It is necessary to recognize the xenophobia that we have in ourselves. Only then will we be able to deconstruct and destroy it."

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Ngulinda, 7,903 km
"It was difficult for me to forge my identity because I did not fit into society's boxes."
Alejandro, 1,932 km
“Everyone should feel welcome all over the world.”
Shahin, 3,768 km
" Refugees are like newborn babies. You have to start over completely - learning to live in a new culture and abide by new rules."

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Fasan, 1,856 km
“What is the point of working if at the end of the day they kidnap you and steal all your money?”

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“If the state told me tomorrow that I could go back, I would, but they won’t because it’s not safe yet.”

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Koffi, 1,212 km
"You tell people your story hoping they change their minds, but for some seeing is believing. They are determined to make it to Europe."

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"To my twenty year old younger self, I say thank you as the decision to migrate has enriched my life."
"I advise my people who want to migrate to stay here. Do not make this dangerous journey - invest in Ghana."
"The one thing I’ve learned through all of this is that - money is important but life is precious."

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Kevin, 14,418 km
"Migration works as a bridge over the divide of misunderstanding and the unknown. I hope I am part of that bridge."
"Migration is about learning and growing, and to share this experience with others."
"Back home I want those who have helped me to see what I have accomplished."
"I went as a refugee to Finland and was trained as a nurse there. I went back to my country to be able to cure my people."
Léa, 7,811 km
"I was afraid of being home sick, but from my first day here I felt safe and comfortable."