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Plamen’s story

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Plamen’s story

  1. 1. Plamen’s story REFUGEE SINCE 1989
  2. 2. I was born in Shoumen, Bulgaria.
  3. 3. Bulgaria was part of the “Eastern ” or “Soviet” Bloc: countries under the control of the Soviet Union.
  4. 4. In the 1980s, I was in my 20s finishing a graduate degree in history at Sofia University
  5. 5. Despite Gorbachev’s Perestroika, I was in disbelief that the Iron Curtain will ever fall
  6. 6. In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell down.
  7. 7. I left my country the same night when Ceausescu was killed
  8. 8. A week later, I registered at the refugee camp Traiskirchen
  9. 9. It seemed to me I was confined there for months.
  10. 10. I worked later at the Austrian National Library, but always was made to feel “tschusch”
  11. 11. On my birthday in1991, I received a refugee visa from the U.S.; it was mandating me to leave within two weeks to Vermont.
  12. 12. It took me 10 years and 4 states to find my place
  13. 13. Share your experience and opinions: http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/refugeesandmigrants/ http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2015/09/how- evolutionary-biologists-explain- altruism.html?mid=facebook_nymag

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