Syrian asylum seekers are complaining: Denmark did not meet our expectations

Syrian asylum seekers are complaining: Denmark did not meet our expectations
Among the Syrian asylum seekers to Denmark, there is a gradually growing dissatisfaction with the conditions they are being offered.

Most of them have paid up to 8,000 euros, or 59,548 Danish kroner, to get to Denmark.

One of them is Baraa Jehad, currently accommodated in the abandoned hospital in Helsingør, now a Red Cross reception center for asylum seekers and refugees.

"If I had known this, I would not be fleeing"

He says that he is very unhappy with the government's plans to give Syrian asylum seekers a provisional one-year residence permit without the possibility of bringing the family to Denmark.

"If I knew about these rules before I left Lebanon, I had would have stayed there. If this one-year rule comes true, I would rather go back and live with my family, "he told the Danish newspaper Politiken.

Baraa Jehad claims to be persecuted because of race and political belief, which is the normal definition of a refugee who can claim asylum and thus permit.

According to Politiken, Baraa Jehad had a supermarket near the Syrian capital Damascus, but since it was destroyed in a bomb attack, he decided to seek asylum in Denmark, and then bring the rest of the family as soon as he had obtained a residence permit.

He is in the asylum center along with a nephew, and the plan was that he and his nephew after receiving a residence permit should be joined by his wife and three children, and his nephew's parents.

It is estimated that in the asylum producing countries it is widely assumed that Denmark will automatically give permission for family reunions as soon as an asylum seeker is allowed to stay.

For the same reason it seems quite surprising to the Syrians that the rules now appear to be modified so that they have to wait for a year before they can get the rest of the family to Denmark.

Syrian asylum seekers, who Politiken has spoken to in Helsingør, are threatening to opt out of Denmark.

"If they adopt the rule, refugees will not come here. Instead they will go to Sweden, Germany or Holland", Nour Amin, who is from Damascus, says.

"Many have already left", several of them said to Politiken.

Not satisfied with the accommodations

The pressure to find accommodation for the many asylum seekers who have arrived in Denmark, is now so big that all possible solutions are being considered.

Asylum seekers are housed in hotels, former military barracks, like the Sønderborg Barracks, which are being renovated for millions and rented housing, which is so expensive that ordinary tenants can't afford them, prestige buildings like Bøgegården in Hjørring in Hjørring for example, and closed nursing homes are being reopened.

Luxury Cabins

But all this is not enough, therefore many empty holiday cottages around the country campsites are being used, and the Camping Union has asked their members for housing of refugees.

A camping-cabin usually have a very high standard. Good rooms, clean and well decorated. A small cottage in beautiful quiet locations. Therefore, you would think that it was a great pleasure for people who have fled Syria, to be able to live such a lovely place.

But no, not all are happy with being accommodated in a luxus camping cabin.

In North Jutland the government has hired Nordstrand Camping for six months, where the cottages in high season cost 6.900 kr. per week - 3,200 kr. off season. It's fine cabins with access to Wi-Fi via fiber optic network.

In one of the cottages, 35-year-old Shakil Ahmed from Bangladesh lives. But he is not happy with what he and the 113 other refugees at Nordstrand Camping in Frederikshavn have received.

He points out that first and foremost is totally unacceptable to have to stay more than one in the same cabin. Up to 4-5 asylum seeker live together in a cabin. even though the cottages are actually designed to accommodate more than that.

On the holiday center's website, one can see that the cottages of 25 m2 is designed for 5-6 people, has its own shower and toilet, kitchen, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, electric sockets, TV / DVD and all necessary equipment and services, and two separate bedrooms, one with a double bed.

"It is not good and it will eventually lead to conflicts and trouble," Shakil Ahmed, says.

But there are also other things that, according to Shakil Ahmed, could be much better, he is for example nervous for the winter in Denmark. He knows because he previously also have been a refugee and also had been married to a Danish girl.

"They told us that it was only for a short period that we were going to stay here, but I am afraid that we will be staying here all winter. It is not good because I know it will be cold in Denmark.

Another criticism is the lack of opportunities for activity. Shakil Ahmed points out that asylum seekers elsewhere have the opportunity to use sports halls and sports facilities.

"When you play badminton, football or otherwise is physically active, you forget that you have fled, and it is also a good way to meet new people. But here there is no hall."

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