Tell me your story - France

In this video you can watch a highly interesting and vivid conversation between the following two interviewees:

Mr Haydar “Olivier” Dogan is a 60-year-old member of the Yezidi community, who was born in Turkey. He was living in a small village along with other 9 family members, who couldn’t get a desired social position in Turkey. He came to France in 1977 to join his father working in garment manufacturing. He also worked as a musician and singer for the french-turkish community (restaurants, weddings etc.).

Yailin “Mida” Sarmiento Deroncele, now called Yailin “Mida” Liot, is a 27-year-old migrant, born in Cuba, in the countryside next to Guantanamo. She is member of a modest family of 5 people. Her father is a farmer (breeder). She started working at 16 in order to support financially her family.

Before coming to France, she had a 6-month training as a cook. She met her french husband Denis in France during a visit to her relatives in the city of Grenoble. She benefited from the french language training program and reached A1 level, now started A2 training. She also worked in Olivier Dogan restaurant.

Open European Societies project is co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.