Advocate for social justice, freedom of movement and children’s rights #351 Ilona
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Advocate for social justice, freedom of movement and children’s rights #351 Ilona


I worked for a comms agency that’s worked with the European Delegation as Slovenia was preparing to join the EU. We had a referendum of our own and it was the vast majority of people, I think about 89%, voted to join the EU. And so I really grew to believe in the dream of why Europe had been set up, or the European Union had come about as a way of integrating countries. I came to London originally to study, I did Social Psychology, and I was interested in a career in a social justice organisation, particularly working with children and young people. We’re doing a lot at the Children’s Society to try and work to put in place protections, so that children don’t face being forcibly removed from this country, coming here, because we’re part of the EU and the EU is all about freedom of movement. I’ve been a stranger in a new place. I’ve had to learn the ways that things work. I went to study abroad and I always had the cushion of going back to Slovenia to be with my parents, I always have that kind of protection. A lot of the children and young people that I work with, they don’t have that, so it feels really important to me to be able to make sure that children have the same opportunities that isn’t down to their nationality or their colour.

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