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"Being a migrant was a choice for me, and I wish it could be the same for others too, but in most cases it is a matter of survival."
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"I grew up in France close to Geneva, in a relatively international atmosphere. During my time there I met people from different cultural backgrounds, and it led me to be curious about other countries! At first my English was not too good, but after years of practicing I felt ready enough to travel the world.

After an Erasmus exchange at the University of Munich when I was 24 years old, I decided 6 years ago to migrate to Germany to have more opportunities and live in the best city in the world. Now I work in Bavaria: I speak German too, and I love my adoptive culture — it feels like home! I'm thankful to the European Union for contributing to this experience by making my Erasmus exchange possible, and I'm so thankful to Germany for being a great host not only to me, but also to millions of people with bigger, more serious needs. Being a migrant was a choice for me and I wish it could be the same for others too, but in most cases it is a matter of survival. I would like to show my respect and my support to all who try to get a better future in another country!"

This story is brought to you in partnership with The Refugee Cultural Festival, 2017 edition. The festival was launched to encourage small, local actions to embrace diversity and support those forced to leave their homes due to war, famine and climate change. Learn more about the festival and donate by clicking here.

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