Daniel Ita is a student at Tallinn University of Technology and concurrently president of the Estonian African Students’ Association. This is what the young man talks about life in Estonia, the Black lives matter movement and his plans for the future.
Why did you decide to move here? Did you take your family with you?
I am here for further training. Although Estonia may not be the most famous country, it has made a name for itself as a technology hub, which attracted me a lot. With experience in the public sector and data management, I became interested in a course in technology management and digital transformation. I would not say that I finally moved here, because my family and many of my assets are still at home. However, the family is very important for me, so my wife and I will soon decide to have her move with me. However, relocation will require proper planning and consideration of many factors.
Do you and your compatriots feel comfortable and safe here in Estonia?
Part of the Association’s mission is to help Africans integrate well into Estonian culture during their stay here. Most of us have always felt comfortable, so some even moved to Estonia with their families. However, recent events and some political proposals have alarmed many. In fact, many of us have had to stop the process of family reunification, while some of us who have settled well are now leaving. The uncertainty of the motives behind such political statements is indeed a matter of serious community concern.