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With financial support from the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Union

Fondi Otto per Mille della Chiesa Evangelica Valdese

With financial support by Society Integration Foundation (SIF)


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Stories of migration are very real to me, because both of my parents have lived all over the world, and I have got used to accepting the various reasons for their departure. ‘Unexpected journey’ is about the standards of living that everyone would like to achieve, but, for various reasons, they have not been able to achieve. I remember this same situation when my father had to leave, because he wanted to improve my family’s standard of living, meaning that I lived without him for twelve years. These comics have helped me to express my views on this problem, because there are now many immigrants in all European countries.


I’m Sofja Bolshakova from Narva. I was born and raised on the board of Estonia and Russia. There are two religions and 7 nationalities in my family. I decided to learn languages and travel. With EU programmes and on my own I was reaching my goals to learn different cultures.

1. Pack your bags!

2. Father, why must we leave?

3. We will live in a better way / What about my life here? Education? Friends?

4. I just want you to survive