Life as an immigrant

Okategoriserade

Let me introduce myself

31 Dec , 2015, 12.00 ammaralkaysi

 

I am Ammar, refugee from Iraq. I have a bachelor’s degree in Engineering of Electronics and communications. I worked in installing and maintaining x-ray scanning systems for more than 9 years with a very popular company. In addition, I have worked in preparing telecom sites (BTS sites) and assembling control and electrical distribution panels.

My hobbies are bodybuilding, hanging out with friends, calligraphy and traveling. I was an asylum seeker in Finland from 11th of July till 2nd of December in the past year (2015). During that period I was spending my time reading, doing exercise, studying Finnish language and engaging in the camp activities.

For sure there was some difficulties, one of them was waiting for the residence permit decision. The waiting made me sometimes feel as I entered through an entirely different new world and a dark area of lost and unknown future. However, now I feel happy and safe because I look at a vivid vision of my future.

From now I should start my new life from zero in this advanced country of highly educated people. I have to improve the ability in my specialization, language and qualifications, so the next step will be doing a master’s degree or learning Finnish (Suomi) to simplify communicating with the local people.

Here I will blog about what is happening to immigrants in Finland and about how to become integrated. Feel free to ask me questions.

Happy new year and best wishes for all.

One of the immigrants,

Ammar Al-Kaysi

 

24 kommentarer

  1. B-o skriver:

    Welcome to Finland. We are just like everybody else. Some are stupid, some are smart. Some are happy some are sad. Some speaks a lot and some are silent. Some are afraid of strangers the most of us are not.
    Best wishes to you, your family and everybody else.

  2. Katja Salojärvi skriver:

    Thank you for sharing your experiences, I hope your blog will help the main population and immigrants understand each other and lessen the hostility! I would personally be very intrested in hearing your opinion on the possibilities to integrate asylum seekers (including women and children) through sports!

  3. Anna Sandström skriver:

    Hi Ammar, welcome to Finland to you and all you other asylum seekers. Wishing you all the best for the new year 2016. May you overcome the struggles still ahead and may all your dreams come true!

    This blog is a very nice idea,

  4. Rurik Holmberg skriver:

    Hopefully things will turn out fine for you in Finland. You may need some initial patience, but sooner or later you will realize that you are one of us and that others also will perceive you that way. Good luck and keep writing about your experiences. I will certainly read.

  5. Eeva skriver:

    All the best to your future here in Finland! Happy new year!

  6. Cecilia skriver:

    Hello Ammar,
    Thank you for sharing your story with us. I will definitely read your blog. Hope that your life will get brighter day by day as the light also returns to the North. Best of luck with your studies and a very Happy New Year to you, too.
    One of the Finns, 🙂
    Cecilia

  7. Mia Roman skriver:

    Happy New Year and welcome and good luck with everything Ammar!

  8. Welcome Ammar! May the new year be better for you than 2015! I wish you all well!

  9. Sara skriver:

    Welcome to Finland and good luck with your studies! Looking forward to reading your blog posts.

  10. Dalia skriver:

    Great initiative! Welcome to Finland -I hope you will be happy here. Can’t wait to read more of your blig!

  11. Oskar skriver:

    How do you feel your education holds up against European electronics engineering.

  12. Heidi El Fadili skriver:

    Hi Ammar, I think it is very nice that you are writing a blog in my newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet. I hope you will have a good language course because the language is absolutely the first thing to learn. Then you can go on with a Master. I work as a German teacher for immigrants in Germany. I hope that you will find a lot of nice people who will be your friends. Regards and a Happy New Year 😊 Heidi

  13. Niklas skriver:

    Welcome to Finland Ammar – Hope you will like living here 🙂

    All the best and happy new year!

    -Niklas

  14. Simo Jokinen skriver:

    Hi Ammar. I have been helped meny of refugees at last few month at our private fighting gym. We are fighting for lives charitable organization. New at Turku but over 10 years helping childs at Asia! I help young adult guys and girls who dont have been so easy childhood. If you want to talk whit us, take contact to me!

  15. JANNA THORSTRÖM skriver:

    HI AMMAR,
    I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU TO YOUR NEW COUNTRY AND WISH YOU A GOOD START OF THE NEW YEAR! MAY YOU FIND YOUR PLACE HERE IN OUR SOCIETY AND ALSO FIND MANY NEW FINNISH FRIENDS. A MONTH BACK I HAD TWO IRAKIAN FAMILIES IN MY HOME FOR DINNER AND HEARD THEIR STORIES OF THEIR LIFE IN IRAK AND ALSO ABOUT THEIR TRIP HERE TO FINLAND. WE FINNS NEED TO HEAR YOUR STORIES TO UNDERSTAND WHY YOU COME HERE TO BE ABLE TO OPEN OUR HEARTS TO YOU NEWCOMERS. SO, A GREAT IDEA WITH YOUR BLOG, GOOD LUCK WITH IT!
    KINDLY,
    JANNA THORSTRÖM

  16. Johannes Östergård skriver:

    Welcome to Finland Ammar! Looking forward to hearing about the immigrant topic from your point of view.

  17. vera skriver:

    Hi!
    Welcome to Finland, We need more people in this country, it is one of the biggest countries in europe with one of the smallest populations.

    Learning the language is definitely the most important thing.

    Sorry about the internethaters, it is a part of finnish culture for some people to hate loudly on the internet…

    ONNEA MATKALLE!

  18. Cimarina skriver:

    Welcome to Finland Ammar, and thank you for sharing your story with us!

  19. Anna skriver:

    Hyvää päivää, Ammar,
    congratulations with residence permit. I think that with engineering diploma you have good chances for a job, but you need Finnish language anyway.
    Dialogue between locals and immigrants is very important (especially now after Köln events), so your blog is a very good idea.
    Would be useful if you could tell about your experience in the camp and waiting time. Did you have language courses from state or volunteers or learned yourself?

  20. pinnis82 skriver:

    Welcome!

  21. Omar skriver:

    Hi Ammar,
    Happy to hear your good news again. Wish you more and more success.
    Regards to you and family.
    Omar Aldolaimi

  22. Sara skriver:

    Hi Ammar!

    I wish you all the best in Finland and that you and other immigrants are, and will be well treated! I can be sad about how the Finland-Swedes are treated in this country so I know it might be difficult sometimes being from another culture.

    Take care and keep up the positive attitude 🙂

    All the best,
    Sara
    (”helsingborgssliv på finlandssvenska” blog)

  23. FAYE Julien skriver:

    Hei.
    I have read somes posts of this blog.
    It was good.

Kommentera

E-postadressen publiceras inte. Obligatoriska fält är märkta *