University of Iceland

Welcome or not? Two individuals share their experiences of moving to Iceland

Welcome or not? Two individuals share their experiences of moving to Iceland

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 12:00
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Claudie Ashonie Wilson moved to Iceland from Jamaica in 2001. Since that time, she has been very active in social networks in Iceland. For example, she has served as vice president for the Women of Multicultural Ethnicity Network (W.O.M.E.N.) in Iceland, and currently sits on the board of representatives for SOS Children's Villages in Iceland. Claudie passed the bar examinations to be a district court attorney in the fall of 2016 and is the first person of non-European origin to gain such accord in Iceland. Claudie has worked at the legal firm Réttur since 2013, dealing with human rights, immigration and refugee issues. 

Prodhi Manisha is an atheist and a secular humanist, pansexual and a transgender man. Facing persecution and threat to his life in his country of citizenship because of those identities, he is currently seeking refugee status in Iceland. Before arriving red-eyed and exhausted at the border in Keflavík, Prodhi was a undergraduate student of bioengineering  and doing research in an immunotherapy lab. These days, he can either be found chatting with friendly cashiers at Bónus, reading science journal papers, teaching himself Icelandic or daydreaming about pizza in his room at the asylum-seeker residence in Hafnarfjörður. Prodhi will be talking about his lived experiences, the things he has seen and learned thus far during the process, and other tangential matters that may come up during this discussion.

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