A World on the Move invited a new character to be part of the project. Until now we followed the trajectories of Guilain, Claudio and Rama. From now on we will also film a Bolivian family. Their case is special as they do not have valid documents. We promised them not to divulgate their identity, however we perfectly know that a lot of people in Geneva are in the same situation.
The mom has been living in Switzerland for more than 10 years. She has been working in order to help her family. A few years later after her arrival in Switzerland, her 2 child followed her steps. They managed to learn french and went to school. They now are very well integrated and embrace a real “swissness” concerning their choices and amibtions.
This story make us think about this woman from Marocco who experiened the same situation for 20 years. Her situation finally got legalized, and were authorized to travel back home…but 20 years after, to what end ?
The last time Ago met Rama, it was at a barbecue next to the airport’s runway. “On that day Rama was smiling…I don’t know why but he was relaxed and active”.
It’s not always like that. Most of the time the discussion is rather heavy and the atmosphere almost oppressive. Since his wife attempted to commit a suicide for the 2nd time, things worsened at the exception of his daughters who are brilliant and well integrated. They speak french almost perfectly. Rama decided to give up his french classes, however he told us that he would resume as soon as her wife gets better.
The boss of the cleaning entreprise still refuses to engage him since he hasn’t got any work permit. The migration office still refuses to give this permit to Rama and the whole family lives in an unbearable situation of uncertainty.
Claudio made a lot of improvement and speaks french thanks to classes taken in a private school in Lausanne. Unfortunately he could not attend the free french classes given by the association Mozaik because of his working schedule.
Indeed, Claudio now works in a small, nice restaurant in the city center of Lausanne. He has good relations with his collegues and his boss is nice to him. Claudio continues to take some french classes, and rushes to the school as soon as he is done with the service, at 3p.m.
The school still refused to let Ago film or take picture. He suspects them to make great profit.
Claudio is improving his situation and thanks to his knowledge of french we hope that he will be given new possibilities. He thus could leave the dishwashing and widen his entourage.
A lot of things changed for Guilain who now lives in Vallorbe. After 6 months of patience he finally received the prolongation of his permit. The prolongation is only for 3 months and he will certainly have to repeat the operation in order to be able to finish his thesis at the University of Lausanne. By the way, the university also offered him a 18-month contract as an assistant.
About his situation, he sais:
“It takes some time but you end up understanding the context where you live and you start to develop strategies to cope with the obstacles you face…I don’t deem to have been aggressive regarding to Switzerland, I talked about my situation as I saw and lived it”.
In order to pursue his thesis, Guilain had to travel back home to gather some data…an activity that does not seem to please the governement of his country as he has been arrested by the presidential intelligence service called le “Service de Détection des Activités Militaires Anti-Patrie (DEMIAP)” which is by the way well known for its massive human right violations.
He has been released and could save his life and his data. This incident will certainly deepen the breach between him and Congo.