Category Personal Stories

Converging Migrants: Kearney’s Archway Monument and the Sandhill Cranes

It was supposed to be about books. Pictures can be removed from frames. Furniture can be disassembled and shipped. Nice, expensive stuff can be left with trustworthy people who appreciate nice, expensive stuff. But if you’re moving overseas, books are tricky. They’re bulky, heavy, and expensive to ship. And what if they’re damaged or get […]

Great Beauty, Great Barriers: an Eastern European migrant in Australia’s north

Lilla Proics, a teacher and journalist in Hungary, arrived in Cairns, Australia last summer with her son and daughter. The town is a regional centre and attractive tourist spot in Australia’s north. With a fabulous coral reef in close proximity and rainforests all around, it seemed to be the perfect choice for a potential immigrant. […]

Stories that have never been told: refugee kids and an artist beyond words

Rasmus Sørinus Jensen is a Danish dancer, choreographer and filmmaker. Over the last five years he travelled throughout the Middle East with a Danish programme which engages children all around the world in storytelling in order to connect with each other. Jensen’s work aimed to encourage children in refugee camps to express themselves, adjust to […]

A Gentleman and a Scholar: Migrationist Community Mourns the Loss of Prof. Graeme Hugo

It was one of those steamy late June days in Ottawa, blasting sun one minute and drenching rain the next. Inside the minimalist cool of the Carleton University Art Gallery, Professor Graeme Hugo stood at a podium painting vivid pictures of a world in motion. His words were simple, his delivery understated, but Hugo’s presentation […]

From Budondo to the Lund University

When a person arrives from Africa to Scandinavia, the narrative of their arrival – migration, asylum-seeking and escape; humiliation, danger and life-threatening paths – is often full of soreness and humanitarian catastrophes, to say the least. This interview outlines a positive story on overcoming difficulties: The story of Denis is a success story. A success […]

Waiting for the U: The Bureaucracy of Obtaining Police Certifications for U-Visas

There is an art to navigating any government office or department. I would imagine this holds true in any country. That art is developed through careful research and creating social networks, so when the research is unavailable, you can always “ask around.” In particular, this “asking around” is all too common when trying to navigate […]

No dominance: an interview with Rozália Brestyánszki-Boros

Fourteen years ago a tall and slender young woman – with hippy-like long, straight hair that has still remained her distinctive mark – worked at the staging of an international performance of Antigone in Hungary. This young woman had a deep comprehension of the text and, at the same time, undertook all the practical tasks […]

The world according to Mahmoud

by Henry Sherrell “My brother from another mother, how are you?” He loves to talk. A young man with dark summer skin lurches a hand towards me. I find it difficult to brush off people, a required skill for most tourist destinations. Ten seconds of chit-chat and he wishes me well on my adventures, sensing […]

Turning margin into centre

Vahid, a filmmaker and theatre director from Iran, is waiting for me frozen in front of a downtown Copenhagen café in early May. It is always too cold here, he says, it is impossible for him to get used to the weather conditions – though he has been living in Denmark for fourteen years now. We […]

Another Home for Us

There are Hungarians living in at least four countries outside of the borders of the country: Romania, Slovakia, Serbia and Ukraine. There are also smaller diaspora groups living in Slovenia and Croatia. The biggest community is the Transylvanian one in Romania which, after more than twenty years of massive emigration, still consists of almost 2 […]