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Madina (Kyrgyzstan)

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  Born in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan | Along with seeking better opportunities and a stable political situation, Madina and her husband moved here because of Canada’s well-developed health care system. They had lost their first son in Kyrgyzstan due to what Madina describes as “a mistake by the doctors”.  It was after this tragedy that they decided to…

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Diego (Paraguay)

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  Born in Asunción, Paraguay | Diego looked all over the world for a suitable college computer animation program, and the only one he could find with a program lasting more than one year was in Canada. After attending Durham College in Oshawa for four years he graduated, and was permitted to stay in Canada…

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Esther (Papua New Guinea)

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  Born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea |  After seeing Canadian scenery on television, Esther dreamed of coming to what she called “Snow Land”. In Papua New Guinea Esther was a social worker, involved with helping women who had been subjected to violence. She felt that there, her freedom of speech was restricted, the…

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Laleh (Turkmenistan)

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  Born in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan | Laleh’s parents decided to move to Canada to give their children and family better opportunities. Living here since she was thirteen, Toronto is where Laleh feels at home. She enjoys the fact that within one day, you can be in a quiet suburb, and then in a busy urban…

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Diana (Bolivia)

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  Born in Cochabamba, Bolivia | Diana’s mother always wanted her to study abroad and, with some family already living there, Toronto was the perfect place. She explains how her mother has always inspired her, and taught her to how to be independent and adventurous.  As soon as she arrived in Toronto, Diana felt as if…

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Virgil (Suriname)

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  Born in Paramaribo, Suriname | Virgil remembers his childhood in Suriname fondly and the importance that was placed on family. When he was seven his mother decided to move to Toronto to study and he was confused at why she had to leave. She would come back twice a year to visit and he…

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Neuville (Namibia)

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  Born in Windhoek, Namibia | Being openly gay and living in Namibia, Neuville was regularly discriminated against by both family members and the general public. He sought a better life, free of harsh judgment and so he liked the idea of moving to Canada. The Canadian education system was especially appealing and he wanted…

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Michael (Burkina Faso)

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  Born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | According to Michael, Toronto is the most beautiful city, a place with unprecedented diversity. His first language is French but he has never considered returning to live in Montreal, the place he where he started his studies. He says the intensity of cultural diversity in Toronto makes him…

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