Get to know the newcomers, activists and volunteers we met in Athens, Berlin and London, as they share their personal experiences of refuge, welcome and the digital city.
It’s not easy to leave everything behind and become a refugee. I am a political refugee. I had no expectations when I came here because I had no choice but to come. Turkey wasn't safe for me. I was not certain whether I would be alive or dead at the end, so I just had to go. I didn’t think about the future. When I crossed the river on the border, I felt somehow safer. Even when I was arrested by the Greek police, I felt safe because I thought, 'This is Europe, it’s Greece.'
The only difference between having a residence permit and having a refugee card is in mobility. Now I have a residence permit and I don’t have to worry about extradition. I may only encounter problems when I travel beyond Greece, if Turkey notifies Interpol. When I get my passport, that’s when I’ll visit my friends in Europe, in Germany, Belgium, Holland.
Update June 2020 — During the last year and a half, life for refugees has gotten worse... they were afraid in the past but now they are even more afraid. After being forced to migrate from their countries due to various difficulties and problems, they are now facing psychological, physical and mental pressures in the lands that they were seeing as a place of refuge. This link underlines what I'm describing.