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Anja (Finland)

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  Born in Rantsila, Finland | Anja was young, full of energy and, although staying in Finland was an option, she was ready for a change of scenery. Her sister Irja was already living in Toronto and so she decided to move there. Now, having spent more than half of her life in Toronto, Anja…

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Samuel (Ethiopia)

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  Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Samuel came to Toronto after volunteering for Barack Obama’s 2008 United States run for President as he wanted to be part of a historical movement. After this he came to Toronto, longing to be an activist and political leader. He specifically wanted to help deal with the black-on-black…

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Eva (Hungary)

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  Born in Budapest, Hungary | In 1956, Eva was one of thousands of Hungarians who became refugees after fleeing the Communist state. Her parents chose Toronto because they knew someone who knew someone. Eva grew up in the safe haven of Canada, went to school, and then started her career. She met her husband…

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Nour (Saudi Arabia)

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  Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | Nour lived most her life in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and then her family decided to migrate to Canada, seeking out a more ‘open’ life that would be easier for her and her siblings to adapt to. Both of her parents had studied overseas, and they wanted their children…

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Eliana (Croatia)

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  Born in Rijeka, Croatia | Eliana comes from a mixed German–Croatian household, with a father who migrated to Croatia which resulted in her feeling as though she didn’t really belong. Croatia for her and her husband felt “too small” so they wanted to go west. She had an opportunity to settle in Germany, a place she…

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Liliya (Uzbekistan)

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  Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan | The reason Liliya chose to leave her country of birth was that she no longer felt that it was safe and wanted to have more opportunities in life. She decided to apply to live in Canada as a skilled immigrant, and has been here for more than two years. Since…

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Karolaine (Samoa)

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  Born in Apia, Samoa | Political tension in the late 1980s forced Karolaine and her family to first go to Fiji from Samoa before  moving to Toronto with hopes of a better life and opportunities. First her father, a well-known business man in Fiji, left to work as a carpenter and then the rest…

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Leila (Latvia)

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Born in Balvi, Latvia |  Leila moved to the United States as an exchange student in order to improve her English and experience North American “melting pot” culture. She instantly fell in love with the region and eventually moved to Canada. Toronto was not a love at first sight. But with the time the city really…

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Ivan (Spain)

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  Born in Tarragona, Spain |  Ivan left Spain in 2008, “feeling like a fish in a bowl” as his personality and thoughts didn’t match his passport. After studying and working in the US, Ivan came to Toronto in 2011 and believes that arriving here was his “destiny”. His company, involved in the transportation sector,…

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Kamal (Yemen)

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  Born in Aden, Yemen | Arriving to Canada from Yemen via his UK education, Kamal yearned for an open and free society that would accept him as a gay man. He says he feels safe here and that he belongs in Toronto where he doesn’t stand out in a crowd. “There are so many…

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Rita (Uganda)

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Born in Entebbe, Uganda | The 1980s saw many Ugandans, like Rita’s parents leave to neighbouring Kenya, due a failing economy and to pursue better opportunities for education and employment. After five years, and mounting pressure from the local government to push Ugandan’s to leave, Rita’s parents took the family to Regina, Saskatchewan. “Living in…

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Mehmet (Turkey)

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  Born in Ankara, Turkey | Mehmet grew up in a closed environment, away from relatives and neighbours. He was an individualist living in a communal society, always feeling at odds with his environment, and he says his sense of community wasn’t really developed until “very late in… life”.   Then a friend of Mehmet’s, who…

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Andrea (Venezuela)

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  Born in Merida, Venezuela | Andrea left Venezuela hoping to improve her standard of living and to be able to offer the children, she hopes to have, a better future. She says over the last five years the political, social and economic situation in Venezuela had been getting worse, which has made the country…

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Erika (Peru)

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  Born in Lima, Peru | Erika first came to Toronto from Peru in 2008 on a working holiday with the YMCA. Having really enjoyed it, Erika wanted to stay in Toronto, but she couldn’t extend the working holiday visa. She had to go back to Peru to apply to be a permanent resident of…

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Nadine (Ukraine)

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  Born in Kiev, Ukraine | Born shortly after the fall of Communism, and with there being few opportunities in Ukraine, Nadine’s father secured a job at a company in Toronto and relocated the whole family. As she was just a child then she says she doesn’t know the details of the struggle that her…

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