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Baghdad / Obelisk: With the arrival of a new batch of Iraqi asylum seekers to the Netherlands, the challenge of integrating these immigrants with the new society, which is different in many customs, traditions, lifestyle and work culture, emerges from what immigrants are accustomed to in the motherland.
Jaafar Hussein arrived in the Netherlands at the beginning of the year 2021, to explain the most important challenges he faced in the new society, which is learning the language. Although he graduated from the College of Science in Baghdad, he feels the need for a long time to learn the language, which qualifies him to the labor market well, and complete His studies are in Dutch universities, according to Al-Sabah.
Alia Al-Moussawi, who arrived in the Netherlands under family reunification laws after her marriage to an Iraqi young man residing in the Netherlands, reveals that the weather is the biggest challenge for her because of the large number of rains that fall at any time, and that the weather is cloudy most days of the year, which she is not used to. He is in Iraq, considering that this does not mean that she will not continue her path of integration, as she is pursuing language lessons and preparing to complete her university studies in health sciences in order to win a good job opportunity.
Al-Moussawi says that she has overcome the two most difficult challenges faced by Iraqi women in the Netherlands, which is getting used to riding bicycles, which is an indispensable daily need, in addition to obtaining a license to drive vehicles.
Social researcher Ali Al-Hashemi believes that there is an exaggeration in drawing a great contradiction between the Iraqi and European cultural identity, while acknowledging the existence of differences. However, the ability of Iraqis to integrate into European society and adapt to laws is good, and it produced individuals who excelled in work and study.
Some cultures and laws are not familiar to the Iraqis in their country, such as the high rate of taxes on goods, salaries and returns of profitable activities where the laws of the tax system are applied strictly, not familiar to the Iraqis in their country.
The newly arrived Iraqi is also surprised by the huge numbers of Dutch social, human rights and humanitarian organizations that undertake the task of providing assistance to refugees to integrate them into society, something that happens to much lesser degrees in the country of origin.
Al-Hashemi talks about a few cases in which Iraqis reported cases of intolerance and racism towards them, indicating that this is possible in most societies, but the Netherlands is at the lowest levels in recording cases of racism, especially towards successful and educated people, and those with intellectual, scientific, cultural and social qualifications.
The young Jaafar Hussein returns to talking about his admiration for community organization and interest in youth, considering that if this was available in Iraq, he would not have had to leave, as he now enjoys a good salary from social protection that qualifies him to devote himself to studying the language, completing his academic studies, and obtaining housing within only six months, as well. About health care, and social centers that help him complete his administrative transactions and reviews, as well as provide him with the establishment of relationships and friendships.
The Netherlands is one of the countries hosting refugees, but the Syrian crisis and the war in Ukraine made it impose strict procedures for requests for political and humanitarian asylum. Adnan Abu Zaid / morning
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