By: Hamid Mukhtari
Being a refugee in any country can bring you a lot of benefits, especially in Denmark, but refugees can also be an income for the country. As an illustration, Saeed Soltanpour is a refugee from Iran, but he has lived in Denmark since 1996. His education level was only high school, when he migrated to Denmark, but after learning the Danish language, he continued his education. He obtained a PhD degree in the field of heart failure and he got permanent residence in Denmark after three years and became an official member of Danish society.
New Times, in order to achieve more information regarding benefits of refugees in Denmark, arranged an interview with him to get his opinion about this issue.
TO SERVE PEOPLE
Dr. Saeed left Iran due to political issues and his opposition to the repressive policies of Islamic Republic regime, but why did he choose Denmark? “Denmark was not my choice. I was assigned a country from the UN in Turkey” and about his service, he added that: “I serve the people through medical science.” His office is in Copenhagen and nearly 60 employees work with him.
Undoubtedly, one of the main resources in the Danish economy is tax. The Danish government receives a large part of its yearly budget through income taxes from the working people. In this regard, Dr. Saeed told New Times that: “Monthly I pay 50 per cent of my salary as tax and last year, I paid 600,000 kroner in taxes.” In response to the question how can refugees be useful to government, he replied: “They need to quickly get started with learning the language and then either educate themselves or get a job.”
Among the options, Saeed chose the first one and could be useful both for him and community. And the government must make sure that they can get a job or you get an education, because by these ways refugees are able to enter in the community and benefit the country, Soltanpour added.
CHILDREN AND EDUCATION
On the other hand, in Denmark children are considered as column of society, and according to constitution of Denmark, children have an important place. Saeed, who is married in Denmark and has two children, believes that his children can succeed through education and study. Perhaps they also continue in their father’s footsteps by getting a PhD degree. However, we wish the best luck and success for him and his family in Denmark.