90s Prague: Perfectly different for a young Irishman

Today the V4 countries tend to “export” economic migrants to the more prosperous West – take for instance the thousands of Poles or Czechs earning their living in Great Britain or Ireland. But can you imagine that it used to be the other way round? Yes, those were the good old roaring 90s …

Ian Willoughby29. 02. 2016


Homes and homelands

This is a story about our journey out of illiberal Hungary. A story of two, actually of four people: a family. What we have really learned during the past challenging and uplifting years is the fact that the only way to make it is to make it together. We are social scientists and political activists, researchers and our own subjects of inquiry. Our conclusion: It’s tough to be a turkey on Thanksgiving Day.

Robert Braun17. 02. 2016


Where has my country gone?

I vote, pay taxes, buy Polish food and even bus and train tickets. I also encourage my friends from around the world to visit Poland, I admire Polish art, and still according to the new government, I’m not considered a good patriot. I am, in fact, the opposite: a traitor.

Agata Mazepus3. 02. 2016


50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

Several people have described heroin to me in the exact same terms: it takes away pain you never realized you had. I’ve never done heroin but it’s the best analogy I have to describe my experience as an immigrant.

Robert Etropolsky19. 01. 2016


Can the wizards and witches fix Slovak asylum and migration policy?

While many Slovak citizens, including the country’s president, have shown solidarity with refugees over the past few months, the current government’s policies aim to create obstacles instead of solutions to Europe’s refugee crisis. Can Slovak asylum and migration policy achieve a fairytale ending?

Zuzana Pavelková8. 01. 2016


Where am I coming from and where am I going…

I didn´t want to leave my country. I had everything for a complete life: beautiful home, family, successful profession, a garden, social life, respect. I had a mission, I had my duty there. And beyond, I had the language. I knew all the secrets of the places, all what is hidden, the invisible – the tastes, the smells, the nuances of the culture, I understood all the connections, social relations. I could read ´in between the lines´.

Dora Djamila Mester28. 12. 2015


Why I decided to leave my homeland

When I left Serbia, I got a good opportunity to learn new languages and develop my career in the humanities. But I have missed almost everything important in the lives of my relatives since then.

Milan Sovilj16. 12. 2015

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