Scotland letters to the editor, Dec 18th

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 Migrant Voice - Scotland letters to the editor, Dec 18th

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Dear Editor,   

Today 18th December is International Migrants Day. This year, maybe more than any other we should celebrate migration and the many social, economic and cultural benefits it brings.

“Migration is an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, safety and a better future. It is part of the social fabric, part of our very make-up as a human family,” (Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon on the launch of International Migrants Day.)

There is nothing more ordinary and everyday than migration; it is part of who we are. We are all “migrants” or “incomers” – if you go back far enough.  Our routine or stuck ways of thinking leads us to label some people as outsiders. This “them and us” attitude can lead to the building of walls and all sorts of discrimination and prejudice.

It is however encouraging that today we have groupings such as “Scotland Welcomes Refugees” and “Highland Welcomes Refugees” those that arrive on our shores need to find a warm welcome and kindly neighbours.

I have been gathering stories over the last year from folk who have settled in the North. It has been a real privilege to hear of their adventures and the courage, resilience and humour with which they faced various difficulties and challenges.

I hope to publish these accounts next year but you might find extracts and similar stories on the excellent website: http://www.migrantvoice.org/

In the meantime here is a “migrants” response given to the question: How may new arrivals settle into their new communities?

“Have a good relation with local people; see them as a human being. You need to see the big picture which means that human relationships are about give and take. You learn how to live with people how to share things. Through this sharing and helping each other we become one human family. You know we have to love each other – otherwise there is no solution.”

Yours sincerely

R.B.MacLeod

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Dear Editor

My name is Havre. I am Kurdish and have been in Glasgow for 8 months.

I like it here but the weather is awful. Scottish people are very friendly. Here you can feel you're a human.

Havre

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Dear Editor

Scotland is more like a quilt - many patches, many pieces, many colours, many sizes, all woven together by a common thread.

We need to recognise that many great minds of the past – whether in philosophy or science, medicine or economics - laboured not simply to advance whatever particular group they happened to have come from but to advance the human race. “Their legacies, whether cures for deadly diseases or dramatic increases in crop yields to fight the scourge of hunger, belong to all people - and all people need to claim that legacy.”

Fuad Alakbarov

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Dear Editor,

I would like you to imagine for a second that you live in a tent with 3 degrees weather, the water is flowing in. In addition, you have three children and their mum. This is the exact situation of most Syrian refugees that live in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan camps.

Ayman Jamal

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Dear Editor,

Happy international migrant's day. I am blessed enough and happy to be here in the United Kingdom as a female Iranian Refugee. I now have the freedom to do what I want and need to do, to enjoy life, develop my career in a safe environment and build a lovely home for my son. I contribute to the local community by participating in fundraising events to help migrants and those less fortunate than me, remembering the painful struggles that I once went through. I keep smiling and dance like a butterfly.

Regards

Anna

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Dear Editor,

Treat migrants equally. Everybody in the world should be accepted by all of us on International Migrants Day and every other day.

Prabha Kuruppu from Sri Lanka

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Dear Editor,

This is a time just before Christmas, somehow reminding me of many birds that migrated freely to warmer countries to get energy from the Sun, now approaching its lowest point. As a migrant, or just the spirit, I want the best for the place where I live and for people around me.

Stepan Zatkulak

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Dear Editor

Not quite sure how I managed to send this letter running between college, work in the far end of Glasgow, and trying to take proper care of my children, but here it is - happy International Migrants Day everyone!

Kasia

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Dear Editor,

I wish all the brave people who leave their countries behind in search of safety, new opportunities or a better life that they find what they are looking for and meet good people on their journeys so that they never feel completely alone.

Paulina T

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Dear Editor,

Why I celebrate International Migrants Day (December 18th)? Because I enjoy being among people who are migrants, studying with them, working with them, and because I enjoy being around Scottish people, studying with them and working with them. Being a migrant gave me the opportunity of becoming Scottish, to love Scotland, and have fun in here, to work for Scotland and laugh with its particular humour. I have a lot to celebrate and share on 18th December. Happy Migrants Day to all!

Amparo Soria,

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Dear Editor,

I had an interesting discussion with my children around International Migrants Day, which we celebrate December 18th. My 5 year old daughter said she was Polish, her 6 year old sister (both were born in Wishaw) said she was Scottish, and my 9 year old son (migrated from Poland when he was 1) said he was half-half. My children say that migration is good for learning new languages. They wish all migrants to feel at home in Scotland and to meet many friends and... squirrels.

Kasia

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Dear Editor,

We have been forced to flee our home, because of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria, seeking for the peace which is missing out there. Not for any economic reasons at all. Syrian refugees in the UK are some of the few lucky ones to have made their own way to safety, but there are hundreds of thousands suffering from the freezing weather in refugee camps in the countries bordering Syria such as Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan, furthermore education, health awareness and numerous life basics are lacking there. I wish and pray for peace in this world.

Ayman

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