Photo by KAMRAN gholami on Unsplash

I Wish Home Was a Better Place to Live In

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.

Story by Noosha
Iran, Western Asia
Published on February 23, 2020

Reading time: 2 minutes

This story is also available in de es kr



When I was 20, I decided to immigrate to Vienna to continue my education. I was planning to study, get a job and possibly live the rest of my life in that city. That was the year we voted for MirHossein Mousavi, but Ahmadinejad was elected! But everything suddenly changed. I fell in love with Mehrdad while I was busy getting a visa. Mehrdad wanted to live in Iran. He wanted to rebuild Iran. He believed that small steps can make big changes. He hoped for Iran's progress and reform. He loved Iran; Just like me. We got married and so I stayed!

Every year we said goodbye to many of our friends and relatives who went to Europe, America, Canada… for a better life. But we stayed and thought about immigration every day and night and we doubted our decision. 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.

Reports indicate that 10,000 people left Iran in consequence of Iran's tenth presidential election and that is increasing every year. Immigration may be even harder for a Middle Eastern. We have a deep passion for family, friends and even our mother tongue language.

But on the other hand, living in a country that is facing many important problems is difficult. "How many times we can live a life?" Maybe what we are saying to ourselves every day in Iran. We have many problems in Iran like Lack of social freedom, inflation and high prices, worries about sanctions and perhaps war and even the water and environmental crisis that we have to deal with every day.

10 years have passed since I decided to emigrate (and I didn't). I still doubt every day. My husband and I run a large bookstore now in Iran, And we're still trying to make big changes in small steps. But we wake up with the thought of leaving our home (Iran), and at night we fall asleep with the same thoughts and we say to ourselves: "I wish home was a better place to live in".


How does this story make you feel?

Follow us on Social Media

Talk about this Story

Please enable cookies to view the comments powered by Disqus.

Subscribe to our Monthly Newsletter

Stay up to date with new stories on Correspondents of the World by subscribing to our monthly newsletter:

* indicates required

Noosha

Noosha

No bio available

Topic: Migration

> 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?

> Read More


> 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.

> Read More


> 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.

> Read More


Get involved

At Correspondents of the World, we want to contribute to a better understanding of one another in a world that seems to get smaller by the day - but somehow neglects to bring people closer together as well. We think that one of the most frequent reasons for misunderstanding and unnecessarily heated debates is that we don't really understand how each of us is affected differently by global issues.

Our aim is to change that with every personal story we share.

Share Your Story

Community Worldwide

Correspondents of the World is not just this website, but also a great community of people from all over the world. While face-to-face meetings are difficult at the moment, our Facebook Community Group is THE place to be to meet other people invested in Correspondents of the World. We are currently running a series of online-tea talks to get to know each other better.

Join Our Community

EXPLORE TOPIC Migration

> 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?

> Read More

Or read it in de kr

Fortunat Miarintsoa Andrianimanana
> 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.

> Read More

Or read it in de es tr

> 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.

> Read More

Or read it in de kr tr

> 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.

> Read More

Or read it in de es tr

> 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.

> Read More

Or read it in es

> 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).

> Read More

Or read it in br fr

Global Issues Through Local Eyes

We are Correspondents of the World, an online platform where people from all over the world share their personal stories in relation to global development. We try to collect stories from people of all ages and genders, people with different social and religious backgrounds and people with all kinds of political opinions in order to get a fuller picture of what is going on behind the big news.

Our Correspondents

At Correspondents of the World we invite everyone to share their own story. This means we don't have professional writers or skilled interviewers. We believe that this approach offers a whole new perspective on topics we normally only read about in the news - if at all. And in case you wondered: Everyone includes you as well. Do you have a story to share? Reach out to us and let us know!

Share Your Story

Our Community

Although we just started a few months ago, we already have a great community of people from all over the world. While face-to-face meetings are difficult at the moment, our Facebook Community Group is THE place to be to meet other people invested in Correspondents of the World. We are currently running a series of online-tea talks to get to know each other better.

Join Our Community

Vision

At Correspondents of the World, we want to contribute to a better understanding of one another in a world that seems to get smaller by the day - but somehow neglects to bring people closer together as well. We think that one of the most frequent reasons for misunderstanding and unnecessarily heated debates is that we don't really understand how each of us is affected differently by global issues.

Our aim is to change that with every personal story we share.

Topics

We believe in quality over quantity. To start off with, we collect personal stories that relate to our correspondents' experiences with five global topics:

Environment

Discussions about the environment often center on grim, impersonal figures. Among the numbers and warnings, it is easy to forget that all of these statistics actually also affect us - in very different ways. We believe that in order to understand the immensity of environmental topics and global climate change, we need the personal stories of our correspondents.

Gender

Gender is the assumption of a "normal". Unmet expectations of what is normal are a world-wide cause for violence. We hope that the stories of our correspondents will help us to better understand the effects of global developments related to gender and sexuality, and to reveal outdated concepts that have been reinforced for centuries.

Migration

Our correspondents write about migration because it is a deeply personal topic that is often dehumanized. People quickly become foreigners, refugees - a "they". But: we have always been migrating, and we always will. For millions of different reasons. By sharing personal stories about migration, we hope to re-humanize this global topic.

Liberation

We want to support the demand for justice by spotlighting the personal stories of people who seek liberation in all its different forms. Our correspondents share their individual experiences in creating equality. We hope that for some this will be an encouragement to continue their own struggle against inequality and oppression - and for some an encouragement to get involved.

Corona Virus

2020 is a year different from others before - not least because of the Corona pandemic. The worldwide spread of a highly contagious virus is something that affects all of us in very different ways. To get a better picture of how the pandemic's plethora of explicit and implicit consequences influences our everyday life, we share lockdown stories from correspondents all over the world.

Get Involved

We believe that every single personal story contributes to a better understanding of the complex world we live in - and the people we share it with. That includes yours! We would be really happy if you would like to share your story, too, and join our community.

Share Your Story

Growing Fast

Although we started just over a year ago, Correspondents of the World has a quickly growing community of correspondents - and a dedicated team of editors, translators and country managers.

52

Correspondents

63

Stories

38

Countries

127

Translations

Contact

Correspondents of the World is as much a community as an online platform. Please feel free to contact us for whatever reason!

Message Us

Message on WhatsApp

Call Us

Joost: +31 6 30273938