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Photo credit: IOM/Monica Chiriac

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.”

Photo credit: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian

Club Together and Justice FC, 9,913 km
"It’s not just about football but about challenging [discrimination] in society."
Nechirvan , 1,412 km
"My life now is nicer, more quiet. I’m going to English and Greek classes in order to improve my language skills."
Cecilia, 9,967 km
“I would encourage anyone looking to develop themselves professionally to have a good look at Estonia.”

Photo credit: Jose Jordan/AFP

Karim and Yves, 5,708 km
Karim and Yves trekked for years through Africa from Cameroon before arriving in Spain where they now play football and rugby.
Hidar, 4,294 km
"My mother is a teacher. I am very excited to be back in class!"
Alejandro, 14,184 km
"The fear is not of leaving, but of no longer belonging."
Mohamed , 4,307 km
"School is really good, as well as my teachers".
Samir, 3,711 km
"Everything has an end, bad times and good times, no matter who you are. Enjoy being alone. Don't be afraid of your own company."
Fadil
"IOM thank you very much, I will never forget this assistance.”

Photo credit: IOM/Monica Chiriac

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.”

Photo credit: Steffi von der Heid

Mala, 16,084 km
"I believe compassion is the perfect antidote to our fears."
Judith, 12,246 km
"Migrants make the world go around, and I’m lucky to be able to go around it too."
Ahmed, 13,624 km
"I thought that since I was born and raised in Somaliland, I would still feel at home there."
Ophelia, 8,708 km
"My job is very important because it combats the social stigma of diagnosed patients."
Daniel Matul , 874 km
"That is the biggest challenge of living in another country: living a little here and a little there"
Mika, 7,309 km
“There is no work for me in Bangladesh, but here there is."
Nazir and his daughters Zahra and Zainab , 3,865 km
"It’s very nice in Greece, but we plan to leave with family reunification".
Khurram , 4,533 km
"Participating in IOM’s AVRR project was my only solution".

Photo credit: Marianna Bertelle

Mariam
"When I was in jail, I was thinking about our life back home, where, even if we didn't have much, we were happy & could live freely."

 

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