‘The best country in the world.’

Jacques van der Merwe artist. Immigrant Romania
Jacques vdMerwe artist. Sculptor, visual art, fine art

D.O.B. // 27-10-1955
DATE INTERVIEWED // 05-05-2014
COUNTRY OF BIRTH // ROMANIA
COUNTRIES LIVED IN // ROMANIA, YUGOSLAVIA, AUSTRALIA
DATE OF ARRRIVAL IN AUSTRALIA // 17-03-1984
KIND OF ENTRANCE // REFUGEE

Mircea escaped from Romania during the Common Restoration, to Yugoslavia. His brother then told him to come to this wonderful country. Australia gave Mircea a new life with respect.

Mircea Izvernariu was born in Romania, Eastern Europe. In 1993, when Romania was under the Common Restoration, I escaped from Romania to Yugoslavia. I was there for three months; my brother escaped five years before me; and he told me I was allowed to come to Australia too. After that I went to the Consulate of Australia to accept me to come to this wonderful country. 17 March 1984 I arrived in Melbourne, Victoria to start a new life in this wonderful country.  For me, Australia seems the best country in the world. I have respect for my life, because they give me a chance to start a new life,  I was 28 years old, my son was born here, with respect for Australia. May God bless this wonderful country, and thank you Australia for what you have done for me.