Project

IDEA

Recently I moved to Malmo to study and MA Migration & Ethnic Relations and thought a small personal project would be interesting and fun to do before and during my studies. I started looking for people who would love to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about their ‘home’ country with me. With this project I hope to broaden my knowledge of the world and to make some social connections here in this city. I am also interested in other countries people might have lived in and why they moved to Sweden. The project in not directly related to my studies or the university of Malmo.

 

PROGRESS #1

I shared my idea in 2 different FB groups, hoping maybe 5 people would respond. Instead, 60 people responded, leaving me in shock. All these people received a video and a link to sign up for interviews. Even though not all 60 people replied, there are currently some interviews planned and I hope to share some of the project online.

PROGRESS #2

At the moment of writing (late August), 4 interviews have been conducted and 6 more are planned. I am surprised by the people who responded. Their kindness, openness, their humor and their intelligence. It’s hard to describe how thankful I am for them to take the time to sit and talk with me and share a lot of personal details and to even become friends.

By conducting the interviews I keep on realizing how much there is I still don’t know. Also about situations in the world that have had an effect on my friends in ways that I never realized and were never talked about. In that sense, I am a little disappointed by myself and feel like I have been missing out on parts of my friends lives simply because of lack of knowledge of their background.

Other than that, I feel I have to always try to keep in touch with people and their stories, especially during this master and maybe even in the during a future job. Learning about policies or reading papers does not bring you to the people, the stories, on a level that I think everyone should experience.