‘I gotta get out of here’

Jacques van der Merwe artist. Immigrant Portrait of artist Frederic Berjot
DATE INTERVIEWED // 04-04-2013
D.O.B. // 08-11-1963
COUNTRY OF BIRTH // FRANCE
COUNTRIES LIVED IN// FRANCE, AUSTRALIA
DATE OF ARRIVAL IN AUSTRALIA // 1989
KIND OF ENTRANCE // IMMIGRANT (ON A TOURIST VISA)
STORY // FREDERIC ARRIVED IN 1989 AS A TOURIST.

Frederic arrived in 1989 as a tourist.

My name is Frederic Berjot. I migrated to Australia in December 1989. I’m from France.

I migrated to Australia after the witnessing of the falling of the Berlin Wall. I um at the time remember living in Paris and thinking I gotta get out of here and looking for a place I didn’t know. And, um, booking an airfare to Australia and coming here to live.

I met a young lady, which, um, helped me to obtain citizenship and I have been living here for thirty years.