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Amongst the refugees and migrants we've met with in recent months at reception and asylum centers, a significant number of families and young people from Iran are present.
Most of them have decided to stay in Serbia.
At the Banja Koviljaca Asylum Center, where within our LOVE project, we organize integration workshops, we met with a large family from Iran. A mother, her two sons, five daughters and two grandchildren arrived in Serbia a few days ago from Ahvaz.
They belong to and fall under the Arab national minority and as a result of political issues have had to leave their homeland.
Upon their arrival in Serbia, they took some time to realize that their intended goal of reaching Western Europe would be difficult to achieve - that smugglers seek large sums of money that they do not have, and that they are at higher risks if they try to go on their own across multiple borders where they will not be welcomed with open arms ... but rather the contrary. With this in mind, they decided to stay in Serbia. They sent in their application for Asylum and waiting for their ID cards.
They are eagerly hoping to get used to and adapt to their new surroundings.
After getting introduced and getting to know each other, they look at the offered illustrations to carefully choose which one is best represents them. All chose joyful pictures, symbols of freedom - a bird leaving a cage, a white dove, door opening up to light. They support each other, and confirming everything that each person discusses, with a mixture of joy and sadness in their eyes.
They discuss their lives in Iran - about studying, how they worked...
This post was originally published on Home - Centar za zaštitu i pomoć tražiocima azila / Asylum Protection Center.