One foot here, one foot there

‘Here, even people on the street who don’t know you can smile and say: ‘Hello’. I find it absolutely wonderful! I also smile at other people, but in my own country I never get a smile in response. Here, you can just chat with a stranger about the weather, and it feels good.’

Off to see the world

“The thing I admire about the Dutch is that they respect other cultures. They are fine with people deciding what they want. Even if they don’t understand your decision, they are still OK with it.”

A recipe for integration

“My personal recipe for integration is: work, work and work again. This is a chance to communicate to people, to understand that you are not alone, that there are worse situations than yours.”

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