Nadia

I met my husband at the airport in Dubai while I was travelling for work. We stayed in touch, and soon our friendship developed into a long-distance relationship. Three months later, he came from Australia to visit me in Morocco. And after two years, we got married! I...

Raphael

At the end of my last year in high school, I met a girl in the year below called Noémie. I told her I liked her a lot, but that I was going to Australia at the end of the month. And that maybe I would see her again one day. With all its high-rises, Perth seemed like a...

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Uzma

(CW: Attempted Suicide) In year 10, I had a crush on my teacher. I even wrote her a letter, and sent her flowers. But when I told my friends, everyone started laughing and said, “Why did you do that? She’s your teacher! And how come you're sending it to a female...

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Tetiana

When I was 6, my mom told me that I had no future in Ukraine, so I always knew I had to find a way to get out. Then, while I was studying Economics, I used one single chance I had to do one semester abroad in Germany. And in that semester, I basically enrolled myself...

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Sangeeta

I had a lovely life in India with many luxuries. My dad had a good job and I was pampered and happy. I was very close to my family, and I then had an arranged marriage with a very nice husband and in-laws. But even though my parents had deliberately looked for someone...

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Marli

I was born in Venezuela but because of some political problems at the time, I decided to move to Colombia, my mother’s country, to study medicine. While I was in medical school, I met an Australian backpacker who had sold everything and left his job to spend a year...

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Happy

My husband and I always dreamed of going to live in another country. But then I fell pregnant, and then our three children came along one after the other.Then my sister-in-law started talking to migration agents about getting a skilled visa to Australia, and one agent...

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Joan

Our son was only 2 years old when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. It started off with him hitting his head. And then the bump didn't resolve properly. I had just got my license as a registered nurse so I knew that something was wrong. But I was too scared to face up...

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Christine

I didn't really see my parents or even get to talk to them very much as a young child. They had gone to Australia for a better life – my father left just after I was born, and when I was 2, my mum left me with my grandma. As a result, I grew up with a Chinese...

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Elliot

I was born just when the post-apartheid era started in South Africa. As a young kid, I remember everything being really exciting and colourful, with a lot of acceptance for difference. But when I was 7 we moved from that to the very conservative eastern suburbs of...

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