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Alan came to Denmark to seek refuge, safety and peace, but things didn't turn out that way in the beginning. Rejection brought stress and pain to the young refugee, but today he is optimistic.   

Seeking asylum in Denmark is like a rollercoaster  

The life as an asylum seeker can be like a rollercoaster. It goes up and down. Photo: Kristin Kokkersvold
The life as an asylum seeker can be like a rollercoaster. It goes up and down. Photo: Kristin Kokkersvold

By: Makmoud

Alan is a 24 years old Kurdish man, who lived in the city of Kirkuk in Iraq. He came to Denmark in November 2009 because of the civil war:

“Since 2006 Kirkuk was under threats from Al Qaeda with many kidnappings, killings and car explosions, and then they were taking over many parts of Kirkuk”, says Alan.

I lost my interest for everything

In the beginning Alan had a tough time in Denmark. He lived at Holmegård center from 2009-2011, but was very stressed because the rejection of asylum.

“It was very hard for me to live in that center after the pressure of being rejected from Immigration Board and the appeal court, and very hard to have friends and communicate with other asylum seekers because of language. I lost my interest for everything, and I spent my days sleeping, eating and going to school. I was suffering for nearly three years”.

Good friends at Kongelunden center

Alan was moved to Kongelunden center at the beginning of 2012 and got many good friends including the staff members at the center. He gained back his good health and is now looking forward for the future:

”It is a good feeling and I’m proud of my accomplishment. Stress is something of the past”

Helping other asylum seekers and hope for the future  

He teach a hairdressing class now for refugees who got permit to stay.  They are 13 students from different countries and backgrounds.

“I hope to get permission to stay and to get my own hairdressing salon. I also want to improve my Danish and enjoy life in Denmark and be active and productive person in Danish society”, says Alan.

The life as an asylum seeker can be tough. Sometimes it goes up and sometimes it goes down.

Note: Alan is not his real name. His real name is known by New Times.

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