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Veronica Bertozzi


Iraqis, but sometimes also Syrians, prefer to go back to their countries, to face the risks of being targeted by a terrorist attacks and to live in the middle of a brutal war rather than to remain in Germany. The images of those people packing their few belongings should be an alarm for Europe. The dreams of refugees had been broken by the not welcoming reality. Long journeys did not mean a new beginning, but a long waiting list. Or rather an interminable time, which asylum seekers do not know how to spend. The imposition of other faiths, a highly bureaucratic system, and the deprivation to carry on any simple tasks related to their life are all pressures on top of them. The far-right is increasing the number of supporters and rallies spreading hate towards the newcomers. Politicians from the entire spectrum seem more concerned with their electorate than for improving the living conditions of those courageous people who escaped war and destruction. The creation of Europe had been a brave and dynamic move in order to build from the destruction of the World War. Europe stands due to its values and rights. Europe cannot afford to be passive. Europe could do much better, but unfortunately, it seems that it is trying to do even worse.


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Bertozzi, Veronica. 2020. “FOLLOWING THE TRAIL OF SYRIAN REFUGEES IN EUROPE”. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 1 (supp. 1):60-68.
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Veronica Bertozzi, YaLa Young Leaders, Tel Aviv, Israel

Veronica Bertozzi is a Master candidate at the Glocal Community and Development MA program at the Hebrew University. She is very well travelled and has academic as well as working experiences in different countries. During the course of her BA at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, she had the opportunity to study one year in Istanbul, Turkey at Marmara University and one year at the University of California, Los Angeles, US. Veronica already pursued a MA in Political Science and Political Communication at Tel Aviv University, Israel. She is very passionate about knowing different culture and languages. She has experience, gained in Tel Aviv as a volunteer, in working with refugees and their asylum seekers’ applications. Furthermore, she has been working for more than year in a non-profit regional organization, YaLa Palestine, which aims to create dialogue while fostering professional and leadership skills among young people coming from the MENA region. She recently traveled to Europe in where she had the opportunity to work closer with refugees coming from the Middle East. Since 2015 she is an active writer of the YaLa Press.