The Expat Cast
The Expat Cast
Mar 16, 2023
A Ukranian Reflects on a Decade in the Netherlands with Kateryna
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Season 7, Episode 24. "Last year, the world changed, and the awareness of the situation is there now. It wasn't there 10 years ago."

Kateryna grew up in Kiev, Ukraine and moved to the Netherlands a decade ago to study. Before she could reflect on if she'd like to stay there longer after her degree, war broke out in her home country. But, weirdly, not many people around her knew about it or discussed it.

Fast forward to 2022. By then, Kateryna had spent most of her 20s in the Netherlands and built a life for herself there. Suddenly, the war escalated, and thousands of fellow Ukranians were seeking safety abroad due to the war, including in the Netherlands.

Kateryna discusses how experiencing her 20s abroad affected her, plus what it's like to be abroad as an expat versus to be abroad while feeling war.



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