Julia

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“I think migration positively influences a person, but that depends on how the person views the migration process and what triggered it.”
Julia
Current Country: 
Estonia
Country of Origin: 
Ukraine

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“I was born in Ukraine. I have first visited Estonia a couple of times last year while I was an exchange student in Finland. I moved to Estonia almost two months ago because I found a job here. For now I’m an Intern but I will start working full time soon.

I cannot say that I love my life in Estonia but I don’t hate it either, I just don’t feel at home here. I know that I moved to Estonia very recently, so it is normal to be facing some difficulties. Also I don’t know many people here and I don’t know the language. Thankfully a lot of people speak English or Russian, so I can manage to talk with them. Estonians are very much like Finns. They are very straightforward, honest and quiet.

I wouldn’t say that Estonia is totally different from Ukraine. Well, of course, the government system is completely different, the health care is different, but you don’t notice that in everyday life. The streets, the city and the people are quite similar to Ukraine. The city is full of old Soviet Union architecture, you can find that quite a lot in Ukraine also, and you hear a lot of Russian language, so sometimes it feels like I never left Ukraine. 

I think migration positively influences a person, but that depends on how the person views the migration process and what triggered it. I think it introduces people to a lot of new things like culture, people, new governmental system, new health care system, and new ways of living. When you move you have to reinvent how you live, and at some points in life that might be useful.

I would like to stay in Estonia for a few years, but I miss Finland. Estonia is a good country for me right now but maybe that will change soon."

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