Immigrant Story

“I Was Born A Refugee Without Nationality…” Rawiya Anibtawi Shares Her Story

Submitted by Rawiya Anibtawi, English Language Student at ICA

“I was born a refugee without nationality in Iraq. I’m originally from Palestine. I and my husband fled from Iraq to Syria where we lived at refugee camp after USA invasion of Iraq. In 2010, I immigrated to Canada as landed immigrant. My English was zero and I started right away to study English at ICA. It was not easy as mom, wife and mother of two children in addition to my very low vision to study English, but I’m so determine to speak, read, write and comprehend English Language as one of official languages in Canada. More importantly, I must study English and obtain certificate to apply for citizenship. It so important for me and my family to become Canadians because we never have nationality and Canada is one of respectful countries in the world and we as so aspiring to become Canadians. I thank ICA to help to learn English and for inspiring me to reach into level where I’m today. The friendship and unconditional assistance from ICA is behind my success. When I finished level 4, I have immediately applied for citizenship. I want to express my appreciation to my sponsors, to ICA and to Canadian people and government for their support and generosity”.