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Oday, 2,455 km
"Everybody wants to leave the country and to find a better life, but not all of them have the chance." #iamamigrant
Wei, 10,467 km
"Home is where I feel like I'm just another human being, not someone to be stared at or discriminated against." #iamamigrant
Joanna, 1,193 km
"I only knew where Estonia was located on the map, nothing else. I thought: why not, let the adventure begin!" #iamamigrant
Santoso
"Santoso migrated in the nineties to the Netherlands, a country that he mainly knew from his parents' tales." #iamamigrant
Mawdo, 4,831 km
"I love the Netherlands, but I always said that if possible I would return to Gambia." #iamamigrant

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Tavish, 8,367 km
"In his early fifties, he sometimes feels the pressure to make up his mind: continue life under the radar or start anew." #iamamigrant
Ahmed, 3,681 km
“After what I experienced in Libya, I think there is a little bit of me that died.” #iamamigrant
Mohammad
"I must have been crazy, but once you reach a point of no return, you go anyway." #iamamigrant

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Elena, 1,737 km
"I did not find true happiness until I left Russia and met the most surprising person ever, by accident." #iamamigrant
Sidad , 1,626 km
“I really like the Greek language. When I grow up, I want to be an interpreter.” #iamamigrant

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Jamila, 11,611 km
My Australia: From washing dishes to Qantas executive #iamamigrant
Ostadazimi, 3,982 km
"I just wanted to get away from Asia, to find a safe place." #iamamigrant
Arnaud, 2,550 km
“Having lived in different countries has made me a better person with stronger values.” #iamamigrant
Nasima, 4,238 km
"I feel that I have a big responsibility to be an example to the thousands of young immigrants in Helsinki." #iamamigrant

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Alioune, 2,731 km
“Here I was at sea once more. I could already see myself in Europe. I really thought we were going to make it this time.” #iamamigrant
Cecilia, 9,967 km
“I would encourage anyone looking to develop themselves professionally to have a good look at Estonia.” #iamamigrant
Hidar, 4,294 km
"My mother is a teacher. I am very excited to be back in class!" #iamamigrant
Alejandro, 14,184 km
"The fear is not of leaving, but of no longer belonging." #iamamigrant
Mohamed , 4,307 km
"School is really good, as well as my teachers". #iamamigrant

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Souleyman, 3,608 km
“My fellow brothers need to know that this route is one of sacrifice. You don’t know how you will die, but chances are it will happen.” #eutf #iamamigrant

 

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