Translated from NRK:
“- Honestly, I was shocked. I thought Norway was more modern and more civilized. It was so cold there. Cold in all respects. We stayed in a very small village, with only two supermarkets. … And you had to carry all the heavy groceries back, on your own feet. It was very tough for me.” …
Sjøvegan refugee reception center has self catering. Residents get 3,000 kroner a month (400 euros), but must buy and cook food themselves.
“- The food! It was the biggest problem. It was neither organic or natural.” …
So Aisha said goodbye and left, and withdrew her asylum application. Including the journey back home she received 20,000 kroner from the Norwegian state, through the organization International Organisation for Migration (IOM), which distributes repatriation of money on behalf of the Norwegian authorities.
Anyone traveling home from a reception center before they have been rejected can get this amount in travel support.
Back in Dubai, she could finally return to the life she was accustomed to.
“- We have a completely different lifestyle here in the Gulf. We live a life of luxury here. The main thing I learned after the stay in Norway was that you are not any richer than we are here.”
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