Among the best lessons I’ve learned during my migration journey was the importance of tolerate everything. That people are different from one country to another. Not better, not worse, just different. That common sense is the most subjective thing there is and that one gets accepted only if they learn to embrace this difference between people. Once you stop comparing yourself and your culture to the new country’s people and culture, that’s when you become part of it.
I really can’t tell what made me choose Arabic studies but I guess it was the right thing as it brought me in contact with refugees from different countries. I heard their dreams and realized that this is what I wanted to do: help people to hold on to their dreams no matter how hard it is.
In light of recent events, we are again reminded that there happy travellers; those that migrate of their free will - for love, fun or money - and others, many more in number, who rise from hell and can each tell an unbelievable tale of survival. Then there are those who will not survive and whose stories will never be told, because all lives should matter, yet theirs don’t.
This space is meant to showcase the migrants, refugees and groups of minorities in Europe as individuals in their own right, very resourceful and resilient. Individuals who contribute in numerous ways to the society they settled in. Individuals who have same dreams and aspirations as anybody else.
At the same time, we would like to give a voice to members of host communities as well and invite them to share their positive experiences with migration.
Whoever you are, no matter where you're coming from, your story can inspire, can heal distances between people and can lead to take action in your community and the world.
So, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to find out more on how you can share your migration story. We are looking forward to getting inspired!