We will start today with Nui, from Thailand, who recently arrived in Ottawa. After years on the move around the world, Nui and her Canadian-German husband decided to settle in Canada. They lived in Kingston for a while and are now in Ottawa, where Nui is launching her small business.
Browsing: Interviews with immigrants
Today, I’d like you to meet my final interviewee: Gill, also known as That British Woman. Originally from a small 2,000 people town in Cumbria, Britain, her husband and she decided to move to Canada, looking for a better future for their children. In 1989, they settled in Brampton, Ontario. The city of then 200,000 surprised them and she later declared the experience had been an eye-opened.
Andres, originally from Colombia, envisions Canada as a country where the ideal of ‘inclusive diversity’ is perceived and practiced as the effective and conscientious implementation of equal access policies to employment opportunities; an all-embracing and unified society that promotes social equality by strongly recognizing Article 23 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Khatia Odzelashvili is from Tbilisi in Georgia, a country located between Eastern Europe and Western Asia. She studied law in Germany for four years, hoping to eventually come back home and work in Georgia. But while in Germany, she met her husband. They were both foreign students and they decided to move somewhere together to a third country where they could settle. After much consideration, they agreed on Canada.
Let me introduce you to Mourad, from Oujda, Morocco. Mourad applied for permanent residence through the Québec skilled worker program and was granted his visa in the summer of 2009. He is a patient guy… His immigration process took an astonishing four years and a half!
Unlike many immigrants to Canada, Yasmine and her family hadn’t thought of immigrating anywhere. They hadn’t really chosen Canada either: they came as refugees after leaving their war-torn country. Their story is truly moving, from a perfect life in former Yugoslavia to coming as refugees in Germany and then Canada, where they eventually settled.
Let me introduce you to Adam and Eric, formerly of San Francisco, California, and now full-time Torontonians. They have been living in Canada for two years and they have the mix of positive attitude and realist outlook on their move that make them perfect to interview.
I had to find out who was behind these pictures: I contacted the author. His profile had one line: “Brazilian guy living in Iqaluit”. Now, I was super curious. I mean, Canada is well-known to be a cold place, but from Brazil to the actual Great White North? That’s just one hell of a culture shock!
Gabriel has an amazing sense of humor. He blogs about his life as a Canadian-Argentinian in the popular blog, Live from Waterloo, written in both Spanish and English. He is a must read for any prospective immigrant: he experienced a lot, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Guillermo Ziegler came with his family to Canada in 2005, looking for a better life as he saw Argentina, his home country, plunging into an economic and social crisis. He currently lives in Ottawa with his family and they will all become Canadian citizens very soon.