Making our voices heard

People’s Meeting was a chance to make our voices heard

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 At the People's Meeting 2017, Trampoline House focused on asylum seekers' possibilities to participate in society.

At the People's Meeting 2017, Trampoline House focused on asylum seekers' possibilities to participate in society.

In June, Trampoline House’s democracy workshop participated in the People’s Meeting (Folkemødet) to make sure asylum seekers get a say in asylum politics.

By Masoume Mirzaei, part of Trampoline House’s democracy workshop

As an asylum seeker here in Denmark, I feel proud to be a part of Trampoline House. And I am really proud that there was a chance to make us visible at the People’s Meeting and make our voices heard, informing people about what is going on in the asylum system.

I hope it will influence Danish people to vote for the right politicians, and try to help us who need their support, because we don’t have the right to vote about the politics that affect our lives.

For me, People’s Meeting was so different from my own country. There were politicians who came and spoke with local people, something that is the opposite of in my country, and I think Danish people should be proud of their democratic culture.

One important thing that I understood at the People’s Meeting was that the people we met have no problem with refugees. This was a surprise, because it is very different from what they say in the media. Many of the people we met didn’t know what’s going in the asylum system, and when we were talking to them, they were shocked and said: ”Is it really Denmark you are talking about?”

And I hope, with the resources and our experiences we showed, that there will be a good result for those who have left everything to find a real and peaceful life.

Going to the People’s Meeting with Trampoline House, I felt I can be part of society as an asylum seeker. We had the chance to speak about our feelings and about our situation, and we could tell Danish people what’s going on in the asylum system. I also think that politicians could learn a lot from listening to asylum seekers. We can show them that asylum seekers are individuals, not only numbers, and that we want to be active, meet and collaborate with other Danes.

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