V grew up in a well-off household, attended university, and has held a job for most of their life. They recognize that they come from a place a privilege, and hopes to help others that have not had the opportunities that V has had. However, V can relate to being uprooted from one’s home and learning to adapt to a new place and culture.
“Every day I talk with refugees – people just like me – who have had to move on from their original home for some reason but did not choose to do so.
When I was 27 years old I went to live in Hungary. I did not speak the language. I did not understand the culture. I had two tiny children that I had to protect. I had to submit to a full humiliating body examination to ensure that I did not have leprosy. I was a second-class citizen. When I was 34 years old I went to live in Switzerland. I did not know the language. I did not understand the rules. I had three small children I had to protect. I was poor compared to everyone else who lived there. I was a second-class citizen. When I was 39 years old I went to live in Scotland. I did not understand what people said to me even when they spoke my own language. I had three children I had to look after. I was a Sassenach. I could not vote about independence. I was a second-class citizen. My small children are now adults. They are people of the world. They understand. They are our future.”
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