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A Letter Home: Waiting for Judgement for one year

Destiny is writing an open letter about the frustration as a refugee in Denmark. Photo: Caitlin Regan, Flickr.
Destiny is writing an open letter about the frustration as a refugee in Denmark. Photo: Caitlin Regan, Flickr.

Dear Reader

I just want to inform you about how it is to be in the asylum camp and the asylum process in general. It is something where you need much patience and perseverance. In particular it has been a very long and stressing moment since there is not much you can do to change anything. You just sit in your room thinking and crying after being in the waiting process for more than a year, where you have no idea of your tomorrow.

The worst thing is trying to rekindle your hope through participating in some activities. For example school, sports, religious activities or visit a place called trampoline house (a cultural house for refugees), where you can drink coffee and talk with other asylum seekers. But when you go home you notice that things are still the same.

Frustrations with the interviews
The thing that have really affected me is when you go for an interview with the immigrations service, and they tell you to wait for three weeks before you get response, but then three weeks turn into three months or even more. After the long process of waiting, where you thought you would receive your results, you are called for a third and fourth interview. What l have really been asking myself is why all these interviews are needed, while in the end of the day the case will still go to court for many of us. It is such a hurting experience. l wonder why my time should be wasted like this.

The challenge of the interview is when the interview script you are given is not in the language you used. Instead it is in Danish and then if you get a rejection you can not know exactly where the points are in comparison to the interview document.

Documents disappear
In other cases documents disappear from the officials, which has happened to some of my friends. You are told that the documents you produced have being misplaced. It is such a chaotic experience, without ruling out the misunderstanding between police and immigration. Sometimes information given to police are not delivered to the immigration and this also has an effect on the delay.

Yours faithfully,
Destiny

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