Mel Boucher and the LSE Health and Safety team for helping me with my risk

Mel boucher and the lse health and safety team for

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Ms. Mel Boucher and the LSE Health and Safety team for helping me with my risk assessment form and arranging for my permissions to go on field trip; to all the LSE members of staff who have taught me throughout my master’s degree for their insight s; and to my course administrator, Ms. Amanda Gaddes, for being always incredibly helpful throughout this academic year. Then, I would like to thank two informants who work for international organizations in Algeria. Their insights and our exchanges provided me with useful background knowledge about migration- related issues in Algeria. This information was essential for preparing my fieldwork. Additionally, my warmest thanks go to a very long list of people who have gone out of their way to help me with my project during my fieldwork in Oran, Algeria. These informants and gatekeepers are incredible people who work with the migrant community in Oran. From hosting me for two weeks, to making me feel welcomed in Oran, to making sure I was safe, to sharing their insights about the situation of migrants, to showing me their work with migrants, to introducing me to potential respondents, to making sure I was on track with my data collection, to providing me with some secondary data for my dissertation, their help went beyond anything I had expected. I feel extremely privileged to have had this chance to collaborate with these four NGOs and a faith-based organisation and these incredible people for my research project. Without their tremendous support, it would have been impossible for me to conduct my interviews with migrants. Furthermore, this field trip has been for me a very enriching experience on a personal level. It was also a real eye-opener on the dramatic situation and experiences of migrants. A very special thank you goes to all my respondents; not only for their time and the very useful insights they provided me with, but also for sharing their stories. They are very courageous women who have undertaken a tough journey and, unfortunately, in some cases went through traumatic experiences. I hope that this dissertation is a faithful interpretation of their experiences. I wish them the best of luck in the rest of their migratory experience. I want to thank my family, and especially my father, for their support and patience during the research process an d throughout my master’s degree, and my friends, flat mates, and course mates for their kind words of encouragement and support. Finally, a warm thought goes to Mr David Cole, my high-school geography teacher who, in part, has inspired me to study Geography and sparked my keen interest in understanding the relationship between humans and the environment.
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