Singer, actress, X Factor judge and all round superstar Rita Ora has worked hard for many years now, climbing her way to the top of the entertainment industry, where she is not considered one of the biggest stars in the business. However, it has not always been easy for Rita, who was born in Kosovo, before her family had to flee when she was still just a baby.
Now, Rita Ora has opened up about growing up in a family of immigrants, admitting that she and her family have suffered a huge amount of racism and prejudice over the years. Rita says that there are many people in the UK who do not like to see foreign people coming into their country to start a new life.
Ora explained, "I was born in Kosovo, and when I was one year old, had to flee the country with my parents and sister. The word refugee carries a lot of prejudice… and not everyone is comfortable having refugees settle into their environment. Some people make negative judgements on new immigrants and others simply turn a blind eye."
Meanwhile, Rita Ora has been made an honorary ambassador for Kosovo, something which she is very proud of and hopes to use to her advantage and the advantage of many other immigrants who are experiencing what her own family went through.
Ora added, "This is an opportunity for all of us to reach out and embrace families and people in a time of need. So many positives are coming out of this situation, but two of these issues my family faced when we first arrived are ever-present: racism and indifference. These attitudes need to change… and we can approach this crisis with compassion and care. If we take action, we help everyone thrive."