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stories

Carlos, 6,864
"In Italy I always felt more than welcome. People were intrigued by my differences, I was 'the Indian,' a mythical figure." #iamamigrant
Malakeh, 2,791
"In Germany the old cathedrals remind me of our churches in Syria...There are no words to explain how much I miss my country." #iamarefugee
Tala, 1,101
"You can live your life and think everything is fine, and then there’s suddenly a moment where you have to leave." #iamamigrant
Oussama, 8,981
"Every move has been fundamental to my success. If I had stayed in my home country would I have won three Olympic medals?" #iamamigrant
Meron, 12,580
“Whenever I migrated to a new country I always told myself, ‘there is a mountain ahead of you, face it.'” #iamarefugee
Dalija, 3,349
"In Macedonia, there are no problems between the different ethnic groups." #iamamigrant
 

I never thought of myself as a migrant but as a young professional who had a dream to pursue his career and experience the world.

Panos, from Greece to Ireland

They don’t know who we are – so show them who you are! Do something for this society, be productive.

Fatuma, from Somalia to Germany

 

i am a migrant  ·  i am a refugee

in brief

i am a migrant · i am a refugee gives voice and puts a human face on the myriad personal stories of migrants and refugees.

Contained here are tales of extraordinary personal achievement in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds; people leaving their homes in search of a better future; people fleeing for their lives and relying on the generosity of others they meet along way. they are sometimes children traveling without a guardian or young adults starting anew, learning a new language, a culture and seizing opportunities to achieve their long held dreams.

We aim to counter the misperceptions that categorize migrants and refugees as opportunistic and not interested in integration; stereotypes that many are willing to foster.

benefits

Support the campaign by providing compelling stories. Your organization may already have such stories to share.

In this way, the particular aims of your organization will be supported and be joined with wider efforts to correct the many misperceptions about migrants and refugees.

Support for the campaign is growing. The United Nations has encouraged participation in the campaign.

why participate

The negative memes about migration that fill our media are usually based on prejudice and misinformation. Yet providing a counter-narrative requires a concerted effort; one in which the people themselves tell their stories, unfiltered and unspun.

how to participate

i am a migranti am a refugee provides an easy, accessible opportunity to share stories of migrants and refugees. These could be people whom you have helped, who are employed by or interact with your organization.

Be it an overseas laborer, a student, it can be almost anyone. The banker who picks up and leaves London for Hong Kong, or the nomadic herder forced to leave Somalia for Kenya during this era of global climate change.

The campaign can be fully integrated into your Corporate Sustainability activities through which you will be able to help promote social integration and address xenophobic tensions.

sustainability

The campaign supports the UN Global Compact initiative for positive global change through business. i am a migrant searches for durable solutions resulting in a sustainable and inclusive global economy that benefits companies, people and communities.

Additionally, the campaign contributes directly to the Sustainable Development Goal of creating peaceful and inclusive societies for all.