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Podcast: Portrait of a migrant

Meet Leo

In this podcast, Leo describes the crucial events that took him as a 10 year old child from Moldova to Russia.

He describes in detail the sense of alienation he experienced as he struggled to come to terms with life in Moscow.

Then Leo explains why he was on the move again as a young adult, fleeing his adoptive home for France.

Leo was part of the Parliamentary Assembly’s ‘Living Library’ on 28 June, as MPs discussed the impact of migration on Europe.

Meet Bashar Hassoun

Bashar Hassoun is the founder of the association “MyGrade”. Four years ago, when conflict erupted, he fled Syria.

“Young people have to choose for a group, left or right, and fight for them. I didn’t want to be part of the war so I left.”

Four years and a half years ago, he arrived in Berlin. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) of Germany and part of its working group on ‘Migration and Diversity.’
Hassoun also represents refugees in the Integration Department of his town council.

“Since I was a kid, I have been interested in international politics, international relations and economics. The war has given me a reason to do politics. Funnily enough, the war has had for me negative and positive impacts. I wish to study Political Science or Economics.”

Hassoun has completed two internships in the German Parliament in 2015 and 2016. He is also the founder of the association ‘MyGrade.’ This association helps refugees with their integration into German society, offering assistance in finding work and accommodation in Berlin.

Living in the German capital was, for Hassoun, an opportunity to start over.

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