The ALLIANCE Humans of Scotland, shares and showcases short stories about the everyday lives of the people we engage with.
I’ve never ‘stolen anyone’s job’ and have always been extremely conscious about not interfering with the British queuing system (referring to well-known politicians comments on Brexit). Yet, in recent years my status as a human being has been questioned, investigated and debated daily. Am I contributing enough in tax? Using the NHS too often? Am I one of the good migrants or one of the bad ones? In Brexit Britain, everyone seem to be allowed to examine and judge the usefulness of your existence.
At times like these, when your identity is a bit broken, extra levels of self-care are required. I’m extremely lucky to live in Scotland. Although I might not be protected from the political effect of the changes (as everyone else in this country), I receive enormous amounts of support from from my friends, local activists and Scottish people in general. If you’d asked me what I love the most about Scotland, I’d say it’s the sense of community, inclusion and resilience. I’m surrounded by amazing activists, passionate artists and educators who want to make world a better place. Being able to get involved, learn and spark even just a little idea for social change keeps me going and helps me to stay resilient to the external narratives of my migration status. For now, I’ll continue to define myself as a ‘New Scot’ and frame my existence around being a decent human-being, not just a deserving migrant.