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Yousser (Tunisia)

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  Born in Tunis, Tunisia | Yousser arrived in Quebec City to pursue a university degree. Right before finishing her last semester at Laval University, her then fiancé (now her husband) was offered a job in Mississauga. Yousser was ecstatic and encouraged him to go as she had visited Toronto a few times and had…

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Dawt (Myanmar)

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  Born in Falam, Myanmar | Dawt never had plans of moving to Canada believing that her life in Burma (Myanmar) was quite good. This changed when her husband travelled to Canada to attend a meeting on how best to improve the lives of the Burmese people. Upon his arrival, the airport immigration officers noted…

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Emily (Australia)

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  Born in Gunnedah, Australia | Emily explains how the decision to be an exchange student was based on her longing to meet great people, be independent, and visit Canada: a country she has heard good things about. Since arriving in Scarborough she has felt at home because of the connections she has made with…

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Florent (France)

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  Born in Grenoble, France | Florent “wanted to see what was on the other side of this ocean”, so he left France looking for adventure and new experiences. In France he had heard many positive things about Canada, so he was curious to see if they were true or not.  As soon as he…

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Lilit (Armenia)

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  Born in Spitak, Armenia | Despite having a job in Archaeology, being happily married, and being surrounded by family and friends, Lilit couldn’t see Armenia offering the type of life she wanted for her family. The country was struggling with political and social instability. After living and travelling in different European countries for about…

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Martha (Mexico)

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  Born in Mexico City, Mexico | After getting married, Martha left Mexico to be with her husband in Texas and there, hoping for a better life, they applied for permanent residency in Canada. Martha had only been to Toronto once and they didn’t know anyone here except for a couple who ended up becoming…

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Gautam (Egypt)

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  Born in Cairo, Egypt | The son of an Indian diplomat, Gautam lived in Egypt until he was three. From then until the age of 18, he traveled and lived in many countries including a few years in Canada. When his father retired, the family returned to New Delhi where Gautam completed his higher…

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Angel (Jamaica)

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  Born in Dressikie, Saint Mary, Jamaica | In 1965, Angel’s family left Jamaica looking for a better life and educational opportunities in Canada. She explains how they viewed education as the foundation for economic and social advancement.  Angel attended high school in Hamilton and then, unlike her other family members who all went to…

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Azim (Tanzania)

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Born in Tanga, Tanzania | Azim spent two years in Tanzania before moving to Zambia where he lived until he was nine years old. There was a civil war about to start, so his family applied for residence in both Canada and the USA, but were accepted first to Canada. Azim noted that the family…

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Luna (Jordan)

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  Born in Amman, Jordan | Toronto feels like home for Luna because it offers her the freedom to be herself. In Jordan Luna was always her father’s daughter, brothers’ sister, uncles’ niece and so on. In Toronto she is just Luna. This desire for independence and freedom is what led her to leave Jordan…

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Hamid (Morocco)

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  Born in Fes, Morocco | Hamid didn’t know what to expect when he came to Canada to be with his wife, as it was the first time he had ever left Morocco. Upon landing, he says he immediately felt that this was home. Although his wife had told him about the hospitality of Canadians…

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Helen (Vietnam)

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  Born in Hanoi, Vietnam | Helen arrived in Canada as a refugee at the age of two along with her pregnant mom, dad and paternal grandparents. Leaving a few years after the end of the ‘War with the Americans‘, they sought refuge from the persecution of Hoa people (ethnic Chinese) that was occurring after…

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Maria (Nicaragua)

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  Born in Managua, Nicaragua | Maria arrived, with her family  in Chilliwack, BC, coming to Canada in the 1980’s  to escape Nicaragua’s civil war. After meeting her spouse at university in Fredericton New Brunswick, the couple went to Toronto so that Maria could attend graduate school at York University. At York, Maria focused on…

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Paul (South Africa)

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  Born in Cape Town, South Africa | Paul’s childhood involved moving from one family to another as  he had lost his mother to cancer and his father came in and out of his life. At the age of eight his mother’s brother Godfrey and his wife Audrey Ardene became wonderful foster parents for Paul…

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Erick (Guatemala)

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  Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala | After being  affected personally by the conflict, Erick left Guatemala, undocumented, during the political turmoil of the 1980′s. While living in Mexico he heard about the ‘Sanctuary Movement’ and it assisted him in planning his journey out of Mexico. Erick entered the USA, spent two years there travelling…

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