Ulighed i lighedens land
Af Bridget Banda
As I walked into the asylum center in the small town of Thyregod, I looked forward to discuss the issues and the reasons that lead people to flee their countries. I wanted to ask whether inequality plays a role, as the focus of the day was SDG goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries.
When I entered the center, I met a 34-year-old Eritrean man who said:
“Where I came from human life is not respected, and the same with human rights”.
As he explained, inequality is rising higher in the African dictatorship with no change in sight - fleeing is seen as the only way out.
He had heard that there could be a better life in Scandinavia, so he decided to flee from his country, even though the seven month journey would be dangerous.
But do they find a better life and more equal opportunities, when they reach Denmark?
A 26-year-old Iranian answered my question:
“When you go to Denmark it is like living in a prison. You are given food but not freedom to move or say what you want. The system needs to be changed for us to feel like we fit into society.”
Inequality exists in Denmark, although it might be a different kind of inequality compared to Iran.
Although Zambia is not a developed country, I feel we treat our refugees better, because they have freedom to move, work and can be part of society. We give them a sense of belonging.
Keeping them in camps on the other hand is not a solution. The Danish government needs to put a system in place that will make the refugees feel respected and equal.
Why not give them the opportunity to work and earn a living, so they don’t feel like beggars? Most of them want to contribute to the national development, and that can only be done if they are given opportunities to do so.
Inequality can end if the world leaders treat their citizens equally. Imagine living in a world without fear just because you are trying to make your country a better place to live in? Where everyone is treated and accepted regardless of their race or political beliefs, and where everyone is given an equal chance in life? That is my hope for asylum seekers in Denmark and in Zambia.