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We are all immigrants. #nomuslimban

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As an immigrant, I sympathize with all the people, all the human beings, that are now suffering and that will suffer from the results of  intolerance, fear, racism and greed.

As an immigrant who left his country, his family, his friends, his language and culture to embrace a new land, hoping to improve his life, I understand how it feels to live in constant uncertainty. How it feels lonely in a foreign country and to have to work really hard to prove your value.

But that is the life of an immigrant. At least in the beginning.

Whatever nationality you are from, moving to another country and having to start a new life from scratch is hard graft. No immigrant, be it Italian, British or Pakistani, expects any special treatment.

We go without expectations but with the hope of finding better and the will to work hard. We pay taxes, we respect other people’s culture and we adapt.


Whatever nationality you are from, moving to another country and having to start a new life from scratch is hard graft.


We appreciate every single thing we have because we’ve earned it through struggle and because we know this is no pleasure trip: we are literally gambling with our life, and hoping it will pay off in the future.

Yes. We could have stayed home. We could have stayed there in poverty and take whatever came our  way. But we said: NO. We said: “We can and we want to make a difference in our lives”. And we did.

We went and we contributed in places where our talents and our hard work are now recognized and rewarded. Even if it has been hard making that choice and sticking to it.

Fighting and working for years to build a new life and seeing all you’ve done threatened by some politician, backed by a bunch a lobby, is something beyond frustrating and scary.  It is disheartening.

But even if all of this is disheartening, I still believe.

I believe that all humans are created differently but have equal rights.

I believe that we need this diversity because from variety comes evolution and prosperity.

I believe that the poor and immigrants are the salt of the earth because they take nothing for granted and give back 100 times what they took.

I believe in a democratic system that even if not perfect, it allows us enough prosperity and peace to progress constantly.

I believe in human rights and in civil rights for everybody. Not just for a selected few.


I believe that all humans are created differently but have equal rights.

I believe that we need this diversity because from variety comes evolution and prosperity.


I believe in dialogue and discussion rather than bans and censorship.

I believe in baby steps forward rather than giant leaps backward.

I believe in the good nature of the human kind and that with love (self love especially) any barrier can be destroyed.

I believe in a democratic, free and prosperous world, where any person has the right and the possibility to make a difference in her/his own life.


First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

– Martin Niemöller


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