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Celebrating Eid in an asylum center

The people of the asylum center in Auderød also celebrated Eid. Much in the same way as anywhere else, but still very different; they did not have their own family to celebrate with. “But we are family with all of the camp people today”, one of the asylum seekers explained. …

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Asylum seekers hope to work

Quazeem, an Afghani asylum seeker in centre Auderød, has a bachelor degree in medicine, but would be willing to take a job at a standard lower than that of his education. “I would prefer to take any job that will make me wake up in the morning and go to …

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Buzz the City

Popular beekeeping When Merete Zerlang from the Danish Red Cross saw something about bee project on the television in May last year, the education supervisor decided to make a beekeeping course for asylum seekers. “There are bees all over the world, more or less, and it is important to keep …

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“If a person is thirsty, he will find water”

Enayat Roshan dream is to become the next world champion in mixed martial arts (MMA). He will do this while getting an education and with no money. Roshan has been seeking asylum for more than nine months. After arriving in Denmark from Afghanistan, he was placed in the main asylum …

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Asylum Birthdays

hermes belt hermes bags Mary from Kenya lives in centre Auderød. She wishes she could invite 100 people to share her birthday, but this year she just celebrated it with her partner and her daughter. “On my birthday, I  enjoy blowing the candles out, cutting the cake and popping a bottle of …

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How to get good food cheaply

For instance in places such as the “indvandrer” (immigrant) shops and greengrocers that you find, for example in Copenhagen, on Nørrebrogade and behind the main station. You can also look in cheap supermarkets such as: – Netto – Aldi – Lidl – Rema – Fakta A recipe (something easy even for …

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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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