León, Spain

What I’ve noticed with immigrant groups in general is that whenever you come to a new space you tend to find people that are like you and you kind of collect yourselves. Even I did this when I went to Spain, but I knew this going in so I tried to make a point not to not live with all English-speaking people, for example. That was one way that I forced myself to acclimate, explore, and understand the things around me. Now with the way the immigration process is set up here, especially for refugees, they are required to live with a friend or relative or someone they already have a connection with for some amount of time. That process already segregates people, and then self-segregation continues from there because it is easy to remain in your comfort zone. It can be really hard to bridge the gap between different populations.