How to make it in Denmark? The question have never seemed more important to Denmark, to the Danes and to the thousands of people who have come to Denmark in the recent years as migrants or refugees.
I am one of them. My name is Rania Al Dairi, I am Syrian, 35 years old, and I came to Denmark from Dubai 16 months ago. My family and I came to Denmark, because we wanted a better future for our children. I have studied English Literature at Damascus University and my husband, Alaa, who is a Civil Engineer working for Henning Larsen Architects. We have two children. They are 13 and 7 years old.
My internship on Børsen
I also want a job. However, right now I am working as an intern for 13 weeks for the Business Newspaper Børsen. It is not a real job but a part of the government scheme to prepare me for the Danish job market. I have passed level 3 in the Danish Language-tests and now only need to pass two more exams before I am fluent in Danish.
Right now I am working on the project ''How to make it in Denmark'' on the Opinion section at Børsen, where I will work closely with Mr. Anders Krab-Johansen, Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Thomas Bernt Henriksen, Opinion Editor and Mrs. Lisbet Røge Jensen, Assistant Opinion Editor.
The newspaper gave me one simple assignment, when they hired me as an intern. They asked me to set up a debate on Facebook and in the paper on how immigrants and refugees can make it on the Danish labour market.
Hopefully, it will inspire both the Danes and the immigrants. And hopefully, it will also pave the way for my own entry into a real job. That is my dream.
Please join the debate
I want to be part of the Danish society. To me integration is to understand the Danish culture, to build friendships with Danes and to get a job. At the same time there is no harm in keeping my own heritage and celebrating family traditions.
I want to engage everyone in the debate on how to make it in Denmark:
The government, the Economists, the politicians, organizations, the migrants and the refugees. I want to find the stories about immigrants, who have made it in Denmark and to understand why they were a success.
We already have contributions from:
Anna Mee Allerslev, Employment and Integration Mayor, Copenhagen Municipality
Marcus Knuth, Spokesman, immigration and integration (V)
Steen Nielsen, Deputy Chief Executive, Danish Industry (DI)
Torben Møller-Hansen, Manager, Forening Nydansker
We hope you will join the debate on Facebook facebook.com/borsenopinion and in the paper. You can reach me on firstname.lastname@example.org.