"My parents moved to Ukraine when I was a child because life had become difficult in Greece. At first it was not easy for us to integrate because of the cultural difference but when I look back on my childhood, I can say that I enjoyed growing up in Ukraine: it is a beautiful and pleasant country.
Growing up, I was dreaming of going back to Greece but now that I am an adult, I have realized that I would not want to live there anymore. I have always thought that the grass was greener there but I was wrong. The grass in Ukraine is just as green and I am glad I live here.
Ukraine is my home now. I made close friends, I have a good relationship with my neighbours, and I had the opportunity to study in a great university.
However, it was not always easy to integrate here because people from Eastern countries are often discriminated against. For example, when I was looking for a place to rent, I faced refusals because of my nationality.
Similarly, on many occasions, I heard Ukrainian people call Greeks thieves or hooligans. Stereotyping is quite common here unfortunately.
But I’m grateful for having been raised here because it made me who I am. I feel half Greek half Ukrainian. My identity is based on a mixture of two cultures."