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Why We Can’t Stop Running

Elena is a Russian citizen — with a Russian passport. Meg is a Canadian citizen — with a Canadian passport. We have been together for almost 14 years, and we intend to stay that way.

There are very few countries that allow us both temporary entry — without prohibitive visas for one or the other of us. Like all foreign tourists, we have a limited time in any one country. We must keep moving-on in order to stay together.

Ultimately, we want to be citizens of the same country. Canada has refused to grant Elena citizenship. Elena cannot bring Meg to Russia because it does not recognize us as a family. This means that we cannot be together in either of our home countries.

The only way we can stop running, is if a country gives us both the right to call it home, and be there indefinitely.

Right now, we are together and we have land below our feet. It might not be that way tomorrow. But that’s what we’ve got right now, and that feels pretty darn good.

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