Making Home Away

So I sat them down and told them: the five of us are here, me, you and your father, wherever the five of us are, that place should be your heaven.
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Current 'Home' West Midlands, UK

“When they called us [for resettlement], I was thrilled, but deep inside my heart I was sad. Because I have a home. I was sad to leave my country that is only one hour away from me to go to Europe. But my future in Lebanon and the future of my kids were unknown there.


“I am also missing social bonds and solidarity here. This is almost not existing in UK. Everyone is having his own life”.


“The kids are different from me. I am still attached and nostalgic to Syria, but they are more content, and happy with settling here. They like their schools and the activities they got involved in it. They have life here, compared with what they had in Lebanon. They did not have the basics of life there”.




*** Interviews carried out by Doha Samir


This extract is from an interview conducted by VICKI SQUIRE during 2020 as part of the British Academy funded ‘Lost and Found: A Digital Archive of Migration, Displacement and Resettlement’  project’s Making Home Away archive.



Current 'Home'
West Midlands, UK


Current 'Home'
West Midlands, UK