The story of the successful integration of Hakim, refugee from Ahvaz (Iran)
Hakim is a political refugee from Ahvaz. He moved to Germany four years ago because of pressure from the Iranian government. Now, after several years of difficult refugee life, he is helping other refugees in Hamburg. He started his work at the central railway station together with five friends— now there are more than one hundred volunteers.
Lived in Iran
Spends at railway station everyday
100s of people
My country doesn't exist.
For getting official refugee status in Germany it is necessary to apply for asylum. As Hakim says, this is important, but not the main thing. To find people with whom you can just talk, to avoid loneliness— this is a first step for a successful integration.
My languages are my helpers.
Most refugees are stressed because of losing their motherland, habits and lifestyles. One of the most common problems for refugees is preserving their cultural identity, their mentality. At the same time it is absolutely necessary for them to absorb the culture of the new country. Is it possible to find a compromise between the two sides?
Hamburg is my habit.
Needless to say that languages are the keys to dealing with people and making your life easier as well when you are a refugee. Very often language is a very difficult barrier to overcome. But if you did, many opportunities will appear in front of you.
When you move to another country you have to realize that from that moment you must start from the beginning. You have to overcome all your stresses and threats. The hardest part of ending is starting again.
My motherland was the prison. Germany is true freedom.
Hakim first thought that Germany would be some sort of prison for him, he says. But prison turned out to be true freedom meanwhile his motherland became a prison.