Foreigners who live in BiH – You can make a German life for yourself here in this country

Foreigners who live in BiH – You can make a German life for yourself here in this country

SARAJEVO, February 6 (FENA) – We are all well aware of the gloomy data that testify to the departure of citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina to other countries in search of a better future.

While in the past 2021, about 170 thousand of our fellow citizens left BiH, many foreigners came to live and work in our country.

In a conversation with them, we have noticed a great deal of optimism for our own future, but also for the future of our country.

The first of them is Nozomi Miyanoya, a Japanese language teacher working at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo, who spoke in an interview with FENA about her life in Sarajevo.

“I moved here from Belgrade in 2016. Before that, I taught Japanese in several different locations in Belgrade. Until the moment I moved to Sarajevo, I lived in Serbia for three years. When I received the information that they were looking for a Japanese teacher in Sarajevo, I moved here,” says Miyanoya.

Miyanoya has been talking about her love of language since she was a child but says she wasn’t sure if she would be able to teach the language.

She said that she learned a lot about the culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina through her work as a teacher and interaction with students.

“I noticed that a lot of people here know a lot about Japanese culture. Through manga comics and anime, Bosnians and Herzegovinians are really well versed in Japanese culture,” said Miyanoya.

She said that her first meeting with Sarajevo left her with very positive impressions when she got into a taxi in front of the airport, so the taxi driver started talking to her about donations and aid that Japan provided to BiH in the post-war years.

“What I really liked in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the relaxed atmosphere in everyday life, both in business and private environment. In Japan, everything is somehow planned and programmed. There is not much room for improvisation,” said Miyanoya.

Miyanoya also spoke about the reasons that make it worthy of staying in BiH.

“When I ask my students what they think is beautiful in this country, they always say that nature is beautiful. However, I believe that BiH has more to offer than rivers and mountains. Your main resource is people. Bosnians and Herzegovinians are hardworking and innovative people who just need to be given a chance,” underlined Miyanoya.

Lyudmila Chistova, a 27-year-old Russian woman, also spoke about her life in Sarajevo in an interview with FENA. She works as an economist in a Russian company that has a branch in Sarajevo.

“I have been living in Sarajevo for two and a half years. During that time, I enrolled in a master’s degree program at the Faculty of Law. I finished my bachelor’s degree in economics in Russia,” she explains.

In addition to her primary job, Ljudmila also has a dance studio and is an agent for the sale of cosmetics.

“My business is more focused on women, although everyone can find their place. I hold classes in pole dancing, ballet, Zumba. We also have classes only for men for pole dancing. Everything is focused on aerobic exercises,” says Lyudmila.

She points out that when moving to BiH, it was the most difficult for her to get used to a different mentality and rhythm of life.

“Russians are people who are used to working hard. However, the problem in Russia is that it is difficult to achieve a good balance between work and private life. I really work a lot here, but again I manage to have a private life and to go out with friends and have hobbies. That is unattainable in Russia,” Chistova said.

Commenting on her life in Sarajevo, she said that she really found herself here and that it suits her much better than life in Belgrade, where she previously lived and worked.

“I am aware of the fact that a lot of young people leave BiH for countries like Germany and Austria. But I think you can create a German life here for yourself. In BiH, the biggest benefit is that time can be found for the private aspect of your life. It is very rare in the West,” says Chistova.

An English teacher, 34-year-old Briton, Eisam Fattal, says that Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country of great opportunities and valuable people.

“My first encounter with Bosnian culture was when I went to Malaysia to study. My first roommate was from BiH and I can say that he was an excellent representative of your people; he was always cheerful and smiling and ready to help,” says Fattal.

Fattal came to Sarajevo to live after his friend encouraged him to do so and moved here in mid-summer of 2019.

“Although this is not my first time in Sarajevo, the roads always bring me back here. It is true that I miss my family in Britain, which I have not seen for several years due to the pandemic, but my friends here make me feel part of their families,” he said.

He says the only thing that bothers him about our people is that they are not smiling enough.

“I like how relaxed people are in this city. People are cordial, but rarely does anyone smile at me on the street,” he added.

Commenting on the trend of young people leaving BiH, Fattal says that he believes that BiH is a country of great opportunities.

“I have noticed that problems with corruption and the large state apparatus cause a kind of apathy and melancholy in people. But I also believe that with the right measures, this country has great potential to succeed,” concluded Fattal.