"I'm originally from Mauritius, but I live in France now. I work in neighbouring Geneva as an international civil servant for the United Nations. Migration for me meant movement from one country to another for economical reasons, but for others it can be politically motivated, or for family, cultural and a whole host of other reasons!
Now that I am on the other side of my migration journey, it is important to help others. First, with some advice to potential newcomers: learn the customs and language, go to a social club, participate in and learn the politics of the new country, go out and mingle! But in more practical terms, I have offered a place to sleep and meals to compatriots of mine who have migrated here. Others in society can play a part by offering free language courses. I think local councils should host compulsory customs classes for new migrants. Furthermore, the government should put emphasis on jobs or training where migrants can interact with locals.
All of this can help new arrivals mingle and feel comfortable with the people and customs of their host country — to me, that's what integration is all about."
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