Naseer is a 25-year-old from Afghanistan. He moved to Pakistan with his family in 1994, when the war of taliban started in Afghanistan. He finished matric school there, all of the 10 grades, and then moved back to Kabul. He took an exam of qualification for a scholarship at American International School of Kabul. At first, he was offered to study chemistry, according to his qualification, but he chose the economics. Naseer studied there for a year, but the scholarship funded by USAID program covered only one year, so he had to pay, in order to continue his education at this institution.
Due to a lack of money which would cover his education in private school, he wanted to go to state school, but his diploma wasn’t recognized there because the education system is different in Pakistan and Afghanistan (in Afghanistan, there are 12 grades). And he finished matric school in Pakistan. Also, they didn’t admit the certificate from American International School of Kabul. After that, he went to Minister of education with all of his certificates so he can get a recommendation letter, but they still didn’t give him a chance to go to school. Naseer protested against this by burning all of his certificates in front of the Ministry of education of Afghanistan.
He had several jobs, including the job of interpretator and teacher. When European Union came to Afghanistan for the elections, he was wanted to work for them, so he left the country and started a journey to Europe. He left Afganistan in the beginning of 2016. By the time he arrived in Serbia, the Hungarian border was closed.
Naseer speaks several languages and he is very well informed about the refugee crisis and migration. He often tells us what he read in a newspaper or on a website. He says that Europe deportation policy is bad because it doesn’t let migrants to enter Europe and they think that migrants and refugees are terrorists.
„According to my view, terrorist isn’t sleeping in Afghani park, nor in the camp. Terrorist can sleep in the hotel and they can travel by airplane to their destination. But the refugee that is getting beaten by the police, pushing back – how they are terrorists?“
At Miksalište, we meet a lot of young, educated people like Naseer, who left their country in order to get better education and jobs. Some of them couldn’t go to school at all. So who are we to judge who can go to school, and who can’t? A lot of young people move away from Serbia for the same reason – education, better salary, better life. We can put them in a category of migrants, but this line between the refugee and migrant is sometimes blurred. Naseer also got some injuries during his life in Afghanistan. But, both refugees and migrants have specific needs. They both have to struggle in order to reach their destination. Their stories and motives are different, but we still have a task to build a system which will, at least, be tolerant to both groups.