That Norway is far north and cold, some times extremely cold, seems to have been missed when Syrian refugees decided on which honey pot to reach in Europe.
The Norwegian broadcaster NRK has interviewed a Syrian family who would rather return to the refugee tent in Lebanon, than to live in a nice house in Northern Norway, where they have received everything.
The Syrian family of nine live in Karasjok, since last fall. They got a house that they think is lovely, and the children have everything they need. But the Ibrahim family still has a tough time in Viking land:
- We thought we were going to paradise when we were going to Norway, and everything would be fine. But since we arrived, we have not had a proper night's sleep. The kids cry every day, says mother of seven, Jalilah Asad Ibrahim.
Before the war they lived in the metropolis of Aleppo. The transition to the dark season in the north and the cold in the Sami village of Karasjok is difficult.
Unable to adapt
The Ibrahim family stressed that people in Karasjok: neighbors, the municipality and the teachers are very nice. But the family speaks only Arabic and feels alone.
- My kids are unable to adapt here, they are not able to follow the teaching at school, says Jalilah Asad Ibrahim.
The Ibrahim family of is just one of thousands who now regret that they came to Europe.
- The sun does not appear, we have not seen the sun for months, says the couple in despair.
They came as refugees and was flown from Lebanon, but they had no idea where in Norway they were resettled. It was because of the seven children they chose to come to Norway. To give them an education.
In Norway there is a saying: "Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær," which translate to: There is no bad weather, only bad clothing, only it sounds cooler in Norwegian, and it gives no logic in Arabic, where the weather is always fine and the sun is up. Bon voyage.
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