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Master's degree in International Migrations and Ethnic Relations

Former volunteer with NGO Legis in refugee camps in Macedonia

Former volunteer with Swedish Red Cross

 

What made you want to come to Greece to work with Refugees?

After spending three months working in a camp in Macedonia, I wanted to continue in the Balkans, one of the places in Europe where, to my belief, volunteers are most needed. Working with refugees and migrants has long been what I want to do, for several reasons. After finishing my studies, it has been valuable to gain working experience in the field in different countries.

How did you hear about Mobile Info Team and why did you choose this organization to work with?

I found MIT from one of the volunteer groups on Facebook and immediately knew it was the team my academic background and past experiences could be put best to use. Also, I appreciate MIT's position as an independent organization in which every volunteer's voice is heard, and one that works very closely with the asylum seeker-community.  

What is most challenging/difficult? What is most rewarding?

One of the hardest things for me is seeing how unequally people are treated, depending on their nationality for example, and not being able to do much to change it. The most rewarding is knowing that the asylum seekers have become aware of their rights and can therefore make decisions based on them. Of course, all of the smaller victories, like succeeding on resubmitting a rejected Family Reunification-case or preparing the applicant successfully for his/her asylum interview, are rewarding as well.

How do you believe Mobile Info Team makes a difference?

MIT makes a difference by being there and answering questions of the asylum seekers during every single stage of the asylum procedure, by translating the complicated procedures to a language that everyone can understand, and by fighting for the rights of even those migrants that most actors ignore.