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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.


Miki

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Miki with Reza
Haringey, London, October 2018

When our family was travelling the world in 2016-17, we read a lot about the refugee crisis and we wanted to do something. So we got in touch with Refugees at Home and have hosted a refugee and an asylum seeker over the past few years. Reza actually stayed with us for about 18 or 20 months while he got settled and saved enough money to move forward on his own.

Practical support is as important as policy because it’s something you can do right now. People can open doors to their homes, provide food, provide shelter. It’s obviously not going to solve the problem, but already you're just making a massive impact on somebody's life just by giving them a warm, safe environment in which to live for a period of time. I think that's really important.

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There aren't that many really good online digital resources in general, at least I don't know of any, and I’m quite involved in the refugee community now through work and volunteering. I don't know what happens when a refugee comes to this country — is there an app that they can access to tell them exactly what they need to do? How to Register? How to do this or that? At the Refugee Council I’ve been told that there have been cases of people literally getting off planes and boats and going straight to their office in Stratford, just sitting in the reception area going, 'What do I do now?’ The Refugee Council can help with some things, but not everything. Everybody has a smartphone these days, it’s probably the most important thing they have. So an app would be a good idea.

(digital lives, London)

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At the Refugee Council I volunteer helping refugees develop their CVs, applications and interview skills. People want to be seen as people, as citizens, and be taken seriously for the skills that they have. And many of these people have amazing skills but can't get a job for love nor money. I'm not sure if it's racism per se, but there's definitely an element of distrust. Also maybe they don’t speak the ‘right lingo’ or they’ve only worked for companies we’ve never heard of even though they are huge companies in Saudi Arabia or something. It’s such bull***t. They might have way better tech skills than somebody who might just talk the talk.

(digital skills)

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