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I was deeply moved by the UnBulgarian initiative and today the whole day I commented with a colleague of mine, from Poland, what is to be a refuge and to look for a better life. In short, he told me how (only) 12 years ago he tried to cross "almost" illegally into the UK in his pursuit for a better life, and how he had nothing to lose, and how scared he was, just like The UnBulgarians. Then I remembered how when I was 20, I went to the US without any knowledge of the language, and with pocket money enough only for a week or two. I remembered the fear I felt, and the hardships I went through during my own pursuit for a better life. Unlike me and my colleague, many of The UnBulgarians are not economic migrants, but refugees on the run to save their families. Their fears and hardships are much worse than what we, the economic migrants, have ever felt.
We all are a part of some minority and should accept each other regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, sexuality, because every singular person in our society is a minority of its own. The society, rejecting or casting aside The UnBulgarians, actually puts these people in the very situation that many Bulgarian migrants abroad have experienced, or are still experiencing.
Best regards, Hristo Iliev, 27 years old
Message: Very cool project that I have enjoyed reading about as an "UnBulgarian" myself. I came to Bulgaria for love in 2013. A very often heard story, I know. Two years later and I have built a small entrepreneurial alternative tourism business in Bulgaria showcasing the lovely food and wine this country has to offer. Hope to stay many more years and build a good life like all the other "UnBulgarians".