stories

Nicolas, 9,406 km
"It's what you make of the experience of migration that will define its impact on your life."
Sabina, 4,233 km
"We can learn from migrants and see them as the strong individuals that are equal to us, rather than people who automatically need help."
Denise, 9,443 km
"Home is no longer a physical place for me, it is a feeling — one that can be found wherever there is love."
Dan, 8,020 km
"Borders are just something to be crossed to discover new things on the other side of the world and about oneself."
Alessandro, 837 km
"We have to respect each other, accept the differences that divide us, and fight against any discriminatory laws."
Chanwut, 2,113 km
"Learning about a new local culture is important, but this doesn't mean that you have to lose your sense of self."
Henri, 7,674 km
"Be careful of staying isolated, forge trustworthy contacts and respect the rules of the home you're invited into."

credit: IOM/ John Walder

Saif, 9,259 km
"Never forget your roots, just adapt to the new culture"
Ezra, 786 km
"Choices that affect other human beings should be based on facts as opposed to conjecture."
Barbara, 896 km
"Ask as many questions as you need to. If you don't understand the answer, keep asking!"
Marc, 991 km
"Integration takes time, but once you achieve it in your own way, it can be a source of freedom, cooperation and relief."
Fadi, 3,687 km
"I come from a land where we helped the migrants and refugees before some of us become refugees ourselves."
Eleonora, 11,798 km
"Because of all my travels, I can consider any place in the world my home."
Jessica
"#iamamigrant, not an expat."
Lovísa, 2,599 km
"Being a migrant means being able to move freely around the world, to work, to meet people, to open my heart and my mind."
Rzn, 3,687 km
"Your home country will not be the same when you go back. And you won't be the same either!"
Erica, 13,416 km
"We should be happy to meet people from diverse backgrounds, and seize the opportunity to develop, learn and get new perspectives."
Samad, 5,114 km
"All the experiences I've had contribute to my desire to help others regardless of their background or the terms that might apply to them."
Abubakarr, 6,830 km
"Home is a place where I feel safe and secure to express my feelings without fear of being captured and tortured."

Photo credits: iom/monica chiriac

Samba, 3,680 km
"I had worked for so long without any pay that I had no means to go back home."

 

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