There are a lot of reasons to leave your homeland, to travel from one country to another, to stay or to continue the journey. What is people driving to make decisions? In the context of immigration we can elaborate more on what has lead to an application for asylum. Are there other possibilities to get a legal stay? And what if you do not succeed in what you had planned? How is life in a country where you stay illegally? Is there a future you can believe in?
“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them”
– A quote by Denis Waitley
Debbie Van Grieken works as a biographical coach and as a social worker in Transithuis. This organization is specialized in the rights of people from foreign countries and gives practical and judicial advice to legalize their stay in Belgium. The customers are coming from all over the world. Most of them are having political, economical or social problems and apply for asylum. They often see Europe as a paradise … but It is not easy to get a residence permit in Belgium. A lot of them are living in the country illegally or without official papers. Together with these people we try to figure out what life and future can offer in Belgium, in their own land or in another country.
In her biographical practice Debbie has been working for some years now with people reflecting on their present life. Together they look back at what they came across in the past and what the future could bring, what choices they have and what choices they will make for the time to come.