stories

Credit: IOM/ John Walder

Shireen, 8,836 km
"My father’s intellectual talent was his access to the United States"
Roberto, 650 km
"Change is inevitable, whether you seek it out or it comes to you."
Ravi, 6,914 km
"Migration represents a chance to become a global citizen and to enjoy the amazing diversity that makes up our world."
Rachel, 14,711 km
"Home is about people. In that sense, it's something you can carry with you, and build in a new place."
Aqeel, 5,473 km
"I hope to bring a sense of love, peace, happiness and friendship with me to each new place I go."
Agathe, 465 km
"Integration means getting over the idea that a migrant will stay a migrant, both new arrivals and the locals need to understand this."
Lidia, 5,909 km
"It is not leaving your country that frightens; it is the possibility that one day there might not be a country you can call yours."
Mauricio, 8,977 km
"Migration is an opportunity to put yourself out of your comfort zone and achieve your personal goals."
Kleio, 2,763 km
"The biggest challenge I had to overcome as an immigrant was, and still is, the fact that I have to prove myself again."
Imogen, 1,600 km
"Home is dynamic; it is where your family is, where you have good memories and where you make your nest."
Sylvie, 465 km
"I don't like the word 'integration,' I prefer 'inclusion'. We all have to work to be a part of the society we live in."
Yingxue, 7,605 km
"From both an academic and personal point of view, I have come to understand how important integration can be."
Tiffany, 7,064 km
"The world is much smaller than we realize, therefore we all have a lot in common."
Victor
"I understand the ways in which migration and, in some cases, asylum can change one's life outlook."

photo credit: iom/monica chiriac

Carol, 2,168 km
"I am lucky that nobody hurt me. I never saw the others again. People need to know what this route is like; they need to know the truth."
Marian, 9,079 km
"Being a migrant means doing whatever you have to do in order to follow your dreams, and that is what I am doing now."
Mariia, 5,909 km
"Being a migrant means learning to be more organized, more persistant and in some cases stronger than everyone else."
Maria, 9,598 km
"If migrants come to your country because they have to, it is likely that they had a hard life before and moving is for survival."
Jose, 9,266 km
"Integration is all about feeling comfortable with the people and customs of the host country."
Marina, 2,279 km
"A big challenge to overcome is the lack of respect between cultures."

 

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