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Diego left Italy and came to Germany full of love for his new German girlfriend and ready to start his PhD. Regrettably, love and the studies didn’t work out well for him, but he decided to stay anyway.
“In Germany the opportunities for work and quality of life are better than in Italy. Of course, I do miss the food and the sun in my country, but working 12 hours per day, always threatened with unemployment … it was not worth it.”
When I arrived, I had some free time and I wanted to help people. When I realized I was an economical migrant, I thought it was the category of migrants that some locals did not wish to see here, especially if these migrants come from the other side of the Mediterranean.
I feel lucky I was born on this side of the World. I can go everywhere I want and I find it deeply unfair that we can move freely and others can’t.
I am now working as a volunteer to help migrants integrate within the German society, thanks to the Initiative Neue Nachbarschaft Moabit (“New Neighbourhood in Moabit, Berlin”.) I just started to learn Arabic. I am fascinated by the language and I am looking forward to learning the languages of the people I am working with.
Since I became one myself, I have become more sensitive to the migrants’ cause. For example, last Christmas, I was sitting at the dinner table with my family when my grandmother started to say some racist things about migrants. I started waving my arms at the other side of the table to stop her and said: “Hey, grandma, I am a migrant!”