Stories like this can tear at the heart, especially during the holidays. Last year, after learning that I had family in Sweden and visiting them, the deep desire of wanting to leave Oregon and move to Sweden to be with them geographically really tore at my heart. Swedish society is kinder and gentler to LGBT folks than here in the States; and I have no living, accepting family on this side of the Pond.
With a US passport I can stay over there each year for up to 90 days. and we send emails and Skype now and then. Despite the distance between us, WE ARE A FAMILY. After I get Transatlantictransadvocates going on a profitable basis, I will have the funds to visit them on a regular basis and perhaps do doctoral studies at a Swedish university. Also by that time I will be much more adept and educated in Trans* and Inter* studies and even do speaking engagements in Europe.
For migrants like in this story I have some advice:
1. Thank Allah that you are free from the torturers and accept residency wherever you are assigned.
2. Realize your family in the UK is next door in cyberspace.
3. Comply with all EU requirements and become a productive, valuable asset to the country to which you are assigned. Your family back home can join you there.
4. When you have the time and money, visit your family in the UK and have them visit you.
5. WHEN THE TIME COMES and if it is a good idea then, relocate within the EU where you and all your family can be together. Remember: Allah is compassionate and merciful.
Emotions are running so high now. The formation of the European Community after the devastation of the 20th Century proves that humanity CAN live in peace. Dear Lord, help these people stay as one.
I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:
Charity: ‘More compassion needed for refugees’The Government is being urged to adopt a more compassionate approach to Syrian refugees who face deportation from the UK, because they have travelled here from other European countries to be with relatives.
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Roberta A Westerberg* Skickat från min svenska IPad.🇸🇪