Nazek Ramadan Life as a migrant: Trading safety with uncertainty By Lena Zechner Insecure and doubtful thoughts played on Nazek Ramadan’s conscience when she had to leave Beirut because of the ongoing civil war many years ago. Leaving her home country behind, she headed to the UK together with her family in search of a safer place to stay. When talking to her, the challenges she faced in the course of migration seemed to be never-ending, from language barriers to contrasting cultures. All the more impressive is how she eventually mastered the situation to make the best of it. To implement her visions and make a contribution “Migrant Voice”, a migrant-led organisation was founded by Nazek. She personally has no doubt that the current refugee crisis is manageable and tries her best to contribute. Nonetheless, she also tries to publicly raise awareness of the issue with her organisation in order to achieve a change in the way the media portrays migrants. Her strong belief and commitment enabled her to successfully establish a business that passes on her obejctives. In this interview you will learn more about Nazek’s journey and why she is convinced of the fact that the help of every individual is required to achieve a change in the perception of migrants. You emigrated from Lebanon during the civil war in the 1980s. How have you experienced life as a migrant in the UK so far? I have lived in the UK for almost 30 years now and have been through every emotion and stage of the migration and integration process. I have met great people in this country early on in my jour [...]

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