"I am originally from Ghana, and I initially left the country with my parents because they moved for work. Now I live in Switzerland, where I work in development communications and research. I live in Geneva, which is a very international city — I encounter people from all different walks of life come and go through here regularly. To me, migration means giving people the freedom to go places where their lives can be improved and they can improve the lives of others. I see that a lot here.
Whether it's here or elsewhere, moving to a new country comes with many challenges. For anyone who wants or needs to migrate: this will be hard, but you can do it. Hopefully those who see newcomers arrive in their countries can be open-minded. They shouldn't point, stare or yell. The movement of people is a fact of life. Awareness campaigns could be a useful way to sensitize the public.
The end goal of a life-changing move should be some sense of integration. It's necessary to adopt and respect elements of the new home. But it's possible to do this while remaining true to your values."
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