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Hosting a refugee is a win-win situation

After 20-year-old Jamal Habash got his residence  permit in Denmark, the municipality told him to choose whether he wanted to live in a shared flat with other refugees or with a Danish host family

Bahr Jasim


Jamal chose to live with a host family to meet a Danish family and experience the everyday life in Denmark. He is now living with Klaus Volck Mortensen and Karin Volck Sahlertz.

The Danish couple express their positive feeling about having a refugee staing with them and advise the Danish society to take initiative and be close to the newcomers. Then they can see by tehmselves, not just hearing from the media, how refugees relly are.
“It’s very good to spread out the knowledge“, Karin has said  answering the question “how does it function to have a refugee in your house”?

I think that when they are receiving kindness from us, they will kindly and friendly respond to the Danish society
Karin Volck Sahlertz, hosting a refugee


A normal day at Klaus and Karins’

"It's always about giving and offering help. I always help them with cleaning the house and such stuff and they help me with the papers from the municipality and so on", Jamal says.
“It’s always about giving and offering help. I always help them with cleaning the house and such stuff and they help me with the papers from the municipality and so on”,  Jamal says.

 

"I want to get to know and become friends with a new refugee. I have a girlfriend who know a lot of Copenhagen people and when I go with her, we sometimes meet with people who have heard that we have a refugee living with us: They actually ask me about how it works, what I do and if I can give them some piece of advice. I say yes. I tell them that it is very important that you talk together and also know a little about Muslims. The main-rule is to be kind to each other, because I think that when they are receiving kindness from us, they will kindly and friendly respond to the Danish society" Karin says.
“When I go out with my friend, we sometimes meet with people who have heard that Klaus and I have a refugee living with us: They ask me about how it works, what I do and if I can give them some piece of advice. I tell them that it is very important that we talk together and also know a little about Muslims. The main rule is to be kind to each other, because I think that when they are receiving kindness from us, they will kindly and friendly respond to the Danish society” Karin says.

 

Jamal talks with his friend about things from everyday life.
Jamal talks with his friend about things from everyday life.

 

Jamal is sitting in his room on the1st floor of the house, spends his day by talking with friends or studying.
Jamal is sitting in his room on the 1st floor of the house, spends his day by talking with friends or studying.

 

He is checking his notes and see if he has any plans. He has written them down so he won't miss it.
He is checking his notes and see if he has any plans. He has written them down so he won’t miss it.

 

Klaus is asking Jamal to pick up some apples from the garden to give his friends.
Klaus is asking Jamal to pick up some apples from the garden to give his friends.

 

Klaus is showing Jamal his new bike with a battery and how it works and how to ride it. The punch back (to the left) was a gift from Karin and Klaus to Jamal in order to practice boxing which is his favorite hobby.
Klaus is showing his new bike with a battery to Jamal and explains how it works and how to ride it. The punch back (to the left) was a gift from Karin and Klaus to Jamal in order to practice boxing which is his favorite hobby.

 

"I don't know how to coock and this is why Karin always tells me that I don't get enough good food and I have to take care about my health and eat good food. They keep getting me advices and taking care of my health", Jamal says.
“I don’t know how to cook and this is why Karin always tells me that I don’t get enough good food and I have to take care about my health and eat good food. They keep giving me advice and take care of my health”, Jamal says.

 

"I watch videos about my favorite hobby, boxing, and also some cartoons or movies. Both as entertainment and also to fall asleep”, Jamal elaborates.
“I watch videos about my favorite hobby, boxing, and also some cartoons or movies. Both as entertainment and also to fall asleep”, Jamal elaborates.

 

"I have a lot of energy in my body which I need to get out and these sport tools was a gift from Klaus and Karin to help me with that. They also registered me in a fitness center as I couldn’t yet cover the expenses", Jamal tells. The paper on the wall is written in Arabic, saying >> I have to work<<. "I wrote this piece of paper and hang it on my wall for inspiration and to motivate myself, because I have to work", Jamals explains.
“I have a lot of energy in my body which I need to get out and these sport tools was a gift from Klaus and Karin to help me with that. They also registered me in a fitness center as I couldn’t yet cover the expenses”, Jamal tells. The paper on the wall is written in Arabic, saying >> I have to work<. “I wrote this piece of paper and hang it on my wall for inspiration and to motivate myself, because I have to work”, Jamal explains.

 

Jamal is falling asleep and relaxing to be ready for a new day in his journey of life, dreaming about his future.
Jamal is relaxing to be ready for a new day in his journey of life,  falls asleep and dreaming about his future.

 

Jamal on his daily route: By public transportation he is on his way to school to learn more so that he one day can give back.
Jamal on his daily route: By public transportation he is on his way to school to learn more so that he one day can give back.

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