"I call Luxembourg my home"

By Sarah RaparoliMisch Pautsch Switch to German for original article

A new home far away from home: for many emigrants, unpacking their suitcases marks the beginning of a new phase in their lives that should not be underestimated. Karolina and Emma have dared to take the step of settling here in the country.

"For me, Luxembourg feels like a big city. A statement that surely surprises every Luxembourger and we then look at our counterpart with our eyes wide open. Emma laughs, but seems to be serious. We meet Emma in Merl, about 15 minutes' walk from the city centre. The 27-year-old is in a chatty mood from the first minute on. "There's so much to do and you can get from the city to the countryside so quickly. I mean, it's enough that you drive towards Kirchberg, and you're standing in front of these beautiful fields. You're in the capital, but you feel like you're in the countryside."

She comes from a very small village in the USA. "There we don't even have well-functioning public transport." People in the countryside will be wide-eyed again, this time because they know exactly what she means. "We have three buses and they go to places you don't want to go. It's not a safe way to get around. Here, buses, tramways and trains are just free." Emma grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, attended college in Tallahassee, the capital of Florida. Her studies eventually took her to Spain. When she moved back to Jacksonville, she met her husband Ricky, who grew up in Miami. "Because of his job, he ended up in Jacksonville at some point and that's how we met." And it was exactly this job that brought them both to Luxembourg on March 3, 2022.

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