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Stories

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Ian, 1,693 km
"The most difficult part about moving to a new place is my accent, which is now much better than it was." #iamamigrant

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James, 1,693 km
"Leaving your country means stepping away from your comfort zone, towards something new." #iamamigrant
Irvin Umaña, 573 km
"I came to Costa Rica fleeing persecution of the LGTBI community in Honduras" #iamamigrant
Ting Ting, 1,236 km
"Being able to communicate has helped me adapt to our new home and better understand Thailand’s culture." #iamamigrant
Achille, 1,230 km
“They may close the borders, but people always find a way. When you fill up one hole, another one is being dug.” #iamamigrant
Joannah, 1,538 km
"In every place where I have lived, I have always joined an orchestra and found new friends." #iamamigrant

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Thant
"If there are equal rights for all human beings, it will lead to development of my country." #iamamigrant

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Léonie and Marine, 2,221 km
“We left because we have no husbands, no money, nowhere to live, and nothing to lose.” #iamamigrant

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Amadou
“The truth is you have three options: you drown, you go to prison, or you make it to the other side.” #iamamigrant

A prostitute waits for clients on Temple Street in the Jordan district of Hong Kong.

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Kat, 1,137 km
"I'm depressed. The other bar girls are depressed. But I need to show that I am happy and OK even when I am not." #iamamigrant
Maya, 14,405 km
"I have a dual-lens which I think allows me to see a more balanced picture – the best of both worlds." #iamamigrant

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Sekinat, 1,825 km
“Many of us died in the desert. I am so grateful that I don’t count myself among the dead. This road isn't good for anyone." #iamamigrant

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Ruben, 1,381 km
"Playing is a reward in life, sharing a passion with people from different countries with a same goal fulfills my days with happiness." #iamamigrant

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Phillip, 5,720 km
"Music is a language without borders or national impediment. I hope we can help to further humanitarian goals through our concerts." #iamamigrant

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Martine, 793 km
"Music is a universal language which does not discriminate or categorize people but unites them." #iamamigrant
Ahmed, 3,293 km
"Together with my wife, we will start again our lives in Iraq. I hope I will be able to visit Greece again but next time, as a tourist!" #iamamigrant
Saadia, 2,256 km
“Moving is never easy, but I think one must always maintain a spirit of positive involvement.” #iamamigrant
Godfrey, 1,064 km
“I made it my personal mission to demonstrate that migrants are not just takers but givers too.” #iamamigrant

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Ousmane, 3,512 km
“I never thought I would make it out alive. I was supposed to die there. Many people don’t even know I am alive.” #iamamigrant

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Maryam, 5,914 km
"The only real difference between migrants and locals is that document. Let's meet where our common humanity resides." #iamamigrant