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Catalina (Colombia)

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  Born in Bogotá, Colombia | Catalina didn’t know she was leaving Colombia until three days prior to departure, giving her little time to say goodbye to friends before fleeing. Her father was a long-term victim of extortionists, and when he was unable to pay, his life was threatened, which promoted the family to flee…

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Mayank (India)

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  Born in Mumbai (Bombay), India | While in the United Kingdom, Mayank and his wife Mahrukh decided to emigrate to secure a better future, outside of India, for their son Che. After weighing their options they chose Canada for its multiculturalism. “Toronto was our only choice. It is a vibrant, tolerant and accommodative, encourages enterprise…

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Diogo (Brazil)

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  Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Diogo thinks Rio de Janeiro is beautiful, however, due to violence and corruption, he couldn’t see a future there for his family. After spending three years in Canada, working as a Web Developer, Diogo is excited to soon be a father and start a family with his…

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Rebecka (Sweden)

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  Born in Stockholm, Sweden | Toronto had never been on Rebecka’s bucket list, but after being placed here for work, the city felt like home within weeks. Until recently she worked at the Swedish Trade Council in Toronto, but when her position was transferred back to Stockholm, she decided to stay, and now works…

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Wales (U.S.A.)

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  Born in Monterey Park, U.S.A. | As a young child Wales’ family owned a restaurant in California. The restaurant was run by her father who initially worked three jobs to support the family and built the business from the ground up. When economic times got hard, the family decided to move back to Hong Kong….

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Antoine (Switzerland)

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  Born in Geneva, Switzerland | After leaving Switzerland in the early 1990s, which he described as being too quiet and predictable,  Antoine began a life in Canada that started with studies at McGill University in Montreal. Following his graduation from University Antoine worked at a consultancy firm that transferred him to Calgary where he met his…

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