Our YouTube channel includes a showcase of personal stories of immigrants who have settled in London, Ontario. Initiated in 2011, this showcase has been very successful, with more than 100,000 views to date and more than 200 subscribers.
The videos focus on immigrants’ experiences of leaving their home country – including Bahamas, Colombia, El Salvador, India, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Saint Lucia, Sweden, Taiwan, Trinidad, Turkey, and the USA – and settling in Canada. “What you gain here [in Canada], for me as a woman ... is women's rights ... I can't emphasize anything more than that. Struggle exists ... You have to get over it. But here you can,” says an interviewee from Iran.
The Immigrant Story Bank currently includes 32 videos, and is a Pathways to Prosperity and Western Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations joint initiative. Plans are in the works to continue to expand this project.
Here are some of the videos from the project: