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Today is World Refugee Day

Every minute eight people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. According to UNHCR 800,000 new refugees were registered in 2011. That is the highest number in this century. In 2011 3400 new refugees came to Denmark and 1541 people got asylum (www.nydenmark.dk). War is the cause The …

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Overcoming isolation

Around the world, people seeking asylum arrive in a state of anxiety, after surviving horrors of war, massacres, genocide, ambush, harassment, imprisonment, rape, torture; rejected by society because of religion, ethnicity, tribe or sexual orientation. Once arrived, the first thing that comes to our minds: “Finally it’s over, I will …

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A rare day out

Sometimes it seems that asylum seekers are isolated from everything. But on June the 6th, 2012 in the middle of the Copenhagen city heart, the place called Fælledparken was packed by near one thousand beautiful and charming kids. Among them the children of Avnstrup Asylum center Kindergarten. On this day …

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Wonderful Carnival

Wonderful carnival By Maryanne I got the opportunity to attend, integrate into and serve the community by volunteering at the Copenhagen carnival. This is an annual cultural festival which includes the latin, South American, Africa, Caribbean European music, dance, parades, other contemporary genres, rhythms and other carnival traditions. It also …

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Living quietly South

”Du skal til samtale med grænsepolitiet vedr. din sag kl.14 på onsdag den 5.” [You must attend a meeting with the border police about your case at 2pm on Wednesday 5th.] That is how the main line read in the letter I received from the authorities on that fateful day …

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Truth or Dare: Who’s fooling who in West Bank?

“This was neither the time nor place to create such a media stunt, not with children having been invited along, who were in a real danger of getting hurt,”  Sarah Madsen New facts are emerging about the incident that took place on 14th April on the West Bank, when a Danish …

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Women’s International Day, 8th of March

The 8th of March is International Women’s Day and is celebrated globally throughout the day. It is a day when women are appreciated and recognised for their struggles and achievements over the years. This day we will be looking for potential talent, motivating upcoming ones and hailing the achievements of all women worldwide, while ending discrimination by supporting women's equal participation.

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The International Day of Nowruz

The International day of Nowruz was introduced to the world in 2010 by the United Nations. Nowruz is the Persian New Year and is celebrated by many countries of Asia such as Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Turkey and more.     History of Nowruz Nowruz is the celebration …

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Shahram’s Internhip

New Times interviewed Shahram Babapoor from Iran. He worked in the reception at HCØ making bus cards and translating. Shahram didn’t have much education because during the Iran-Iraq war he went to Iraq as a refugee and didn’t have the opportunity to get a higher education. He explained, “I just went …

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Prejudice

In this life, we often refer to the images that our eyes communicate to our brain, to infer a person’s personality. The outer appearance of a person, for instance his gait, his dress, his size, his eloquence, his entourage, his social status, all these markers taken into considerations lead people …

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