“The truth is, sometimes people fail to understand that some immigrants had to immigrate as a means to get away from a corrupt government, and such immigrants had to give up everything they knew to start from zero”

     I have witnessed anti-immigration hate speech. I am originally from Alberta and many times when I took public transit I have heard people overtly express to others ” Go back to your country” . The truth is, sometimes people fail to understand that some immigrants had to immigrate as a means to get away from a corrupt government, and such immigrants had to give up everything they knew to start from zero. Leave behind families and friends, so when when we hear go back to your country we might think ” I wish I could”

    As an immigrant myself I remember that my parents and I had to argue with he education board so I would not be held back a grade. On top of that being throw in school and having to learn how to not only speak but learning how to interact within the Canadian society was difficult. I remember crying on my first day of school and calling my mom and asking her to pick me up . In terms of hardships : being away from family and friends and seeing my parents struggle to find a job in a market that values ” Canadian experience” but having 20 years of experience in their field. It was hard on my parents to deal with their on difficulties in terms of jobs and also handling me and my sister’s difficulties.

People fail to realize that when choosing to immigrate is a difficult decision, that behind such decision, it comes with pain, stress and sadness to leave the life as you knew behind.

    A few years ago on my way home I took the public transit and I overheard a conversation from a group of people. They were discussing about religion, every person contributed a different perspective on what was religion, it was visible that they were from different cultures, but they were able to express what each believed in and I did not hear any discriminatory remarks, resentment or hate within their conversation and I thought …

There is hope for us.

We are able to coexist without hate, but it needs to happen like it did within that conversation, listening to each other and taking each other into account.

 

– Gina, 26

Venezuela