Explore Topic Migration

Our Correspondents write about Migration, because it is a deeply personal topic that is often dehumanized. Children, fathers and mothers become ‘refugee flows’. People from other countries too quickly become a ‘Them’ as opposed to ‘Us’. But: people like you and me have always been migrating, and we always will. Whether this is from Colombia to Chile (see Juan Pérez Jerez's story), from Bulgaria to Syria to teach English (see Kamelia Khalil's story) or whether you engage with people who have migrated from your own country in Norway (see Lene Mortensen's story).

By sharing their personal stories, we hope to re-humanize the topic of Migration.

Migration Stories Worldwide

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> Syrian Arab Republic
Thinking about Migration

A story by Kamelia Khalil

Beyond my beautiful childhood memories, I went to Syria as an adult to exercise my Right to Freedom of Movement.

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> Ireland
The Passenger Seat of a Stranger’s Generosity

A story by Caoimhe Ní Shúilleabháin

Hitch-hiking is a striking exchange between strangers but there is no follow-up service. I was given a lift out of a godforsaken petrol stop on a soulless highway and they got fresh company for a lonely or boring commute.

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> DR of the Congo
Finding A Foreigner Language

A story by Salum Ndezi

Practice is the art of science.

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> DR of the Congo
Life Can Suddenly Change

A story by Salum Ndezi

When the New Year begins with 365 days ahead, I see 365 opportunities in my hands.

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> South Korea
Connecting with People through Calligraphy

A story by Choi Lucia

Calligraphy for me has opened, quite literally, another world.

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> Spain
How a Budding Economist Became an Advocate for the Human Rights of Migrants

A story by Natalia Ruiz Gómez

I had not seen a great number of economists focused on the migration situation, so why not do it myself?

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> Australia
Pariah Down Under

A story by Jemina Shrestha

My extroverted-self begged me to initiate conversations, but, for the most part, I stayed quiet.

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> United States
Notes From the Puerto Rican Limbo: Introduction

A story by Javier A. Román-Nieves

In my upcoming series of stories, I will share my take on the most pressing issues and the ideas we use to tackle them, filtered through the triplethink lens of the Puerto Rican limbo in times of COVID and civil unrest.

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> The United States
Leaving the American Dream: The World I Come From and the World I Call Home

A story by Kiri Wihongi-Croxford

When your family is blended with cultures and countries it can seem hard to find a place to fit in.

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> Syrian Arab Republic
Mexicans in Damascus

A story by Kamelia Khalil

Well, certainly, these were not ordinary Mexicans, nor even normal global tourists. They disregarded normalized ideas about not traveling to Syria not once, but twice, and the second time brought their whole family!

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> Iran
Zakaria and Me

A story by Mani Nouri

My parents enlightened me how Zakaria's family had suffered from the war in Afghanistan and how he was a guest and in fact needed more attention from us.

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> Netherlands
Two Migrations Within Four Generations: Identity Crisis Yet?

A story by Shakila Dhauntal

Despite the conflicts that two migrations within four generations have caused, for me personally the advantages of being bicultural outweighs the disadvantages.

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> Germany
From Rio to Wuppertal

A story by Milton Camilo

The main reason why I have made the shift from Brazil to Germany is freedom. Especially the freedom of movement- walking on the streets safely. But it is not that I have lost touch with my home country, rather the opposite. It determines me very much and allows me to bring the positive aspects of Brazil to my everyday life, wherever that is (at the moment to Wuppertal).

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> Chile
Being a Migrant in Chile

A story by Juan Carlos Pérez Jerez

To be an immigrant in Chile means that you migrate all day, every day.

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> Norway
Dialogue with Refugees in Norway

A story by Lene Mortensen

Anti-refugee politics is on the rise all over the world, but we can counter this trend by daring to ask questions and get to know those who are being spoken about.

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> South Korea
An Alien From the Same Planet

A story by Veronica Burgstaller

It has to be remembered that through all these moving places, I stayed the same person, I had my Austrian passport, I was half Austrian and half Indonesian: yet in Indonesia, I may have been an expat, in England an immigrant, in Korea - a constant struggle to become somewhat included. It is clear that the power as to who I am is not in my hands.

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> Madagascar
Every Passport Has A Story

A story by Fortunat Miarintsoa Andrianimanana

Despite this huge unfairness, because nobody chooses a particular passport at birth, some people have to go through it.

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> Turkey
So Far No Matter How Close

A story by Merve Vardarli

Throughout years migration has become the epicenter of our lives. What does it mean to become an immigrant?

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> Iran
I Wish Home Was a Better Place to Live In

A story by Noosha

Immigration is difficult. Being away from family and friends, learning a new language and always being a second-class citizen (especially if you are from the Middle East). And if you get old, starting again from nothing.

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