I fled the Taliban 20 years ago and was welcomed to the UK with open arms – I want the same for other migrants

Saturday is International Day of Tolerance, and I am asking British people to maintain their accepting attitude towards migrants. Having fled the Taliban as a little girl, I know what it is like to try to integrate into a new society. But I am now studying for a PhD at Cambridge and call the UK home.

Let us continue to challenge discriminatory rhetoric and predispositions regarding migrants. We are not burdens but rather assets to the UK economy, and social and political environments.

If it was not for the UK being welcoming and accepting of my family 20 years ago, I would not be where I am now, and the charity dedicated to integrating migrants, the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association, for which I am strategic development manager, would not exist.

Let us welcome those fleeing war and extremist groups, because we are all human.

Rabia Nasimi
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