Introduction

Home is where a person lives permanently, where you keep your personal stuff, where you spend your free time and your family lives there.” – Wikipedia 

Can we relate to this quote? How do we define home? Can we have many homes? Home, can we feel it, can we see it or is it an abstract? What do we consider as a home? 

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Home but NOT home

When I researched for the definition of home, I couldn’t find a clear definition. But what I did find is that everyone has their own definition of home. Most common answers were that home is a place where you are safe where your family is. In an article that I read, I found an answer that I thought was fitting for my topic in this blog post:

“Only three words: safety, security, stability.” — Kathy (Habitat for humanity)

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Hope for all

People are from different place and migration makes us live in a different environment than where we were born, lived our childhood or adulthood. It changes our perspective of life, norms and values. igration influence can be both positive and negative on the societal and individual level, shaping an individual in all perspective.

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Being a child of an immigrant

My friend linked me this article about being a child of immigrants. It’s interesting to see how all of us who have immigrant parents, have kind of had the same childhood. No matter where we live at. In this article there were quotes from different children with immigrant parents. One of them stuck out to me: 

“A lot of the time, being a child of immigrants means constantly having to defend your place as an ‘American,” – Alex Santana.

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Integration by cycling

In this blog, I want to highlight what I think is a great tool that has been used to promote the integration of immigrants. The idea for this method was born in 2013, when the Cyclists’ Association organized basic cycling training for immigrants. Due to the high demand for such courses, the Maahanmuuttajat pyörille -project was launched. The aim of the project is to introduce cycling skills into the integration process. The idea is to train coaches who act as cycling instructors for immigrants. This will also create contacts between immigrants and native Finns and involve new Finns in cycling organizations.

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African Care ry

This post will be about an organization where we did our project. We got to know this wonderful organization through our group member who had some experience and knowledge about African Care. We enjoyed doing our project there, it was a lot of fun for us and for them and everyone learned a lot.

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Bring me the light, the future

Thinking about all the troubling things I have faced I am not here just to complain about them. I am here to do something to make things better for myself and for others. I have received a lot of support from my classmates as well as from different organizations and communities.

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Family Reunification

In my first post, I wrote about the importance of family to integration and now thought to go further. Based on the comments, I came to this solution. So thank you for your comments and thoughts:) I find the topic interesting and current. The subject is also very familiar to me, it is close to my family.

Image: Riitta Järnström
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“Who have I become?”

Life gives us the best opportunities, it’s in our best interest to look beyond the negative and focus on the positive, also to get the best out of life. As a young girl who loves to acquire knowledge, I grew up in a close knitted family who value the benefit of education and self-development. Originally from the capital city Lagos, Nigeria, I have enjoyed the lifestyle and the relationship that comes with having a large family and relatives coming to our home from time to time without prior knowledge or announcement. (best part of being a Nigeria 😊). 

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