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Marisa Aranda - Changing Lenses

Marisa Aranda - Changing Lenses

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Migrant - definitions

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My journey in UK began at Heathrow airport. I was lucky, as sadly many people have to endure dangerous routes to migrate.

 

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Integration - definitions

 

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I see integration as result of the fusion of all our stories, migrants or not, to the point that we become one unique enriched society.

 

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Integration is visible when we cross the same paths and share our sorrows of modern life.

 

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I am very proud of the diverse spectrum of our economic contribution and how it happens at early stages of integration, breaking massive barriers imposed by the process.

 

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Citizenship, powerful result of integration. We can join our voices to fight for common concerns within our communities.

 

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How can anyone be fully integrated? When there are reminders everywhere that our contribution to society has been underestimated, or worse, forgotten.

 

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When fatal mistakes expose that segregation has clearly been used to undermine integration.

 

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Prejudice makes my dignity roll down the stairs, leaving space for a lump in my throat. So just to be sure, after a deep breath I need to remind myself again who I am.

 

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Integration is a long and subjective process with lights on and off, hard to follow, as you must meet other people’s expectations as well as your own.

 

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Gives me hope to see kindness placed right next to barriers, showing that love is more powerful than prejudice.

 

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Despite of all this, we must stay positive.
We know the result of our hard-working efforts is a wiser, stronger and happier society.
 

These photos and accompanying writing were made as part of the Changing Lenses; London stories of Integration project. You can listen to my podcast for the project here: https://soundcloud.com/migrant-voice/marisa-aranda