"I'm originally from France, but I left my country for work — I'm currently in the United States as a research associate at a university. Migration has been a path to opportunity for me, but I've never lost sight of the fact that it can be a challenge for many others. It's important for me to do something about this with direct actions: I once paid a stamp duty for a Tamil refugee trying to go from Paris to London.
Understandably, gestures like aren't possible for everyone all the time, but I think there is a lot of advice that could be helpful in the meantime. For those who choose to move, I would urge them to be careful of staying isolated, to forge trustworthy contacts that can help in difficult situations and to respect the rules of the home they are invited into."
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