Syrian-Emirati student living in the United Arab Emirates:
“[Only] recently would [I call] the UAE my home. But before that I would have called Belgium, Brussels my home.
When I go back to Belgium I feel right at home. I fit in. I know the place very well, I know people, I speak French, I relate to the mannerisms and characteristics of the people there. [It is] because I grew up there, so I know them, and I can relate to them more than I can relate to the things [in the UAE].
Because I don’t wear an Abaya and I have lived abroad, I get some discrimination against my upbringing or the way my parents raised me, which is not equated to people who live here. So, they kind of [let] ignorance get the best of them and they get angry.”