The media is often reporting about criminal asylum seekers, which can give you the impression that all asylum seekers are criminals, but that is not true. This hurts innocent asylum seekers’ possibilities in the Danish society, which I experienced recently when I tried to find a riding school
Asylum seekers are often associated with crimes, drug dealing or fake identity papers, but most asylum seekers are honest and upright people. I live in Sandholm and I do see asylum seekers who don’t want to work honestly, but that is not the case for the majority of the asylum seekers I have met.
She never called me back
This hurt the possibilities for asylum seekers to interact with the danish people, which I experienced recently. Sometimes I ride my mountain bike in the forest beside Sandholm and one day I met a woman riding on a horse. I greeted her politely and asked her where I could find a riding school. She was very friendly and proposed that I could ride one of her horses. I gave her my name and number, but the mood changed when she found out that I live in Sandholm.
Though she still promised to call me and with a french courtesy – we were speaking french together – I saluted her ‘c’est un plaisir de vous avoir rencontré madame, au revoir’, which means ‘it was a pleasure to meet you madame, goodbye’. But she never called me back.
How can we solve the problem?
I can understand her reaction, because refugees do have a very bad reputation, but it is a minority group, who is spoiling it for the big group of good and honest people like myself. I think the Red Cross or The Emigration Police should find a solution to solve this problem, because it has major consequences for refugees’ and asylum seekers’ chances to integrate in the Danish society and interact with the Danes.
Politicians make the problem worse
I believe that some politicians exploit the bad reputation of foreign people to achieve political goals. For example when Brian Mikkelsen, former Minister of Justice from the Conservative People’s Party, compared Eastern European workers with grasshoppers. Many danish people are therefore suspicious and distrustful of refugees and foreign people, but I’m not a criminal just because I am an asylum seeker.