Syrian refugees adjust to life in Aberystwyth, Wales

I came across this video today and had to share it.

I went to university in Aberystwyh and seeing this brought a tear to my eye. I am so proud of the town I called home, and not in the least bit surprised.

The Welsh are known for their kindness and I couldn’t have imagined a more welcoming place to start my life in the UK. I’ve walked that seafront promenade many times, and learned Arabic in the Arts Centre – where these families are now learning English. My first picture in Aberystwyth was taken on the very spot where Nisrine was interviewed.

Obviously the circumstances that took us to there were vastly different, and to compare them is insulting at the least; but it seems the town and university’s attitudes towards welcoming and integrating refugees is as warm as towards foreign students.

Seeing these amazingly strong people adjusting to life in quiet, rural, sleepy West Wales is incredible. I am sure they will love it as much as I and others who made Wales home did, and I hope Wales continues to demonstrate this generosity of spirit and welcoming newcomers.


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