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,