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‘Once I Was a Refugee, Now I am Grateful For Everything’ – A Heart-warming Campaign is Spreading on Facebook

‘Once I Was a Refugee, Now I am Grateful For Everything’ – A Heart-warming Campaign is Spreading on Facebook
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Picture: #Ennenolinpakolainen campaign.

Picture: #Ennenolinpakolainen campaign.

“Take a picture of yourself. Tell us what is that you do or who you are. Upload the picture to your personal timeline as a public post. Add the hashtag #Ennenolinpakolainen. We will share it to the page.”

These are the instructions of a campaign in the social media, #Ennenolinpakolainen (Once I was a refugee,) which has spread all over the Nordic countries to shed new light to the ongoing refugee debate in today’s society.

The goal is “to show that refugees are much more to Finland than a number and an expenditure.”

The model for the campaign is the Danish En gang Var Jeg Flygtning Facebook group.

The Finnish version is an independent extension to the campaign.

Here are some of the heart-warming stories shared on the community page.

#Ennenolinpakolainen

Julkaissut Ennenolinpakolainen Lauantai 5. syyskuu 2015

“A great campaign, thank you for that! I encourage you to share your own stories,” said Nasima Razmyar, MP of the Social Democratic party.

https://www.facebook.com/ennenolinpakolainen/posts/1649222325358463

“Once I was a refugee, now I am a nurse and studying for my master’s degree.”

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Julkaissut Ennenolinpakolainen Maanantai 7. syyskuu 2015

“I moved to Finland about six and a half years ago. Now I am a dental nurse (I graduated in 2004). My goal in the future is to become a dentist.”

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Julkaissut Ennenolinpakolainen Maanantai 7. syyskuu 2015

“Once I was a refugee. Now I am a mother of three children and a dental nurse.”

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Julkaissut Ennenolinpakolainen Maanantai 7. syyskuu 2015

“I moved to Finland in 1999. I wrote my matriculation exam in 2009. Now I graduated as a bachelor of social services and as a kindergarten teacher.

#ennenolinpakolainen

Julkaissut Ennenolinpakolainen Maanantai 7. syyskuu 2015

“I work as a travel organiser and I am a second-year practical nurse student and I am also an entrepreneur.”

Zeinab Al Zuhairi #ennenolinpakolainenKaksivuotiaana Irakista Suomeen muuttanut vuonna 1991 Persianlahden sodan takia….

Julkaissut Ennenolinpakolainen Maanantai 7. syyskuu 2015

“I moved from Iraq to Finland in 1991 because of the war at the Persian gulf. I am a business graduate in sales and retailing. Currently, I work as a store manager in an international company. Thank you for everything!”

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Julkaissut Ennenolinpakolainen Maanantai 7. syyskuu 2015

“I moved to Finland eight years ago. I graduated from the elementary school, upper secondary school and now I am a second-year engineer student. At the same time, I work in a corner store.”

Aydin Yagmur #ennenolinpakolainen ja nyt olen Talotekniikka Finplats Oy toimitusjohtaja.

Julkaissut Ennenolinpakolainen Maanantai 7. syyskuu 2015

“Once I was a refugee and now I am the CEO of Finplats Oy.”

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Julkaissut Ennenolinpakolainen Maanantai 7. syyskuu 2015

“I came to Finland in 2003. I study for a master’s degree in science (techonlogy).

#ennenolinpakolainen "Perustin Suomen ensimmäisen monikulttuurisen PR-mallitoimiston."

Julkaissut Ennenolinpakolainen Maanantai 7. syyskuu 2015

“Once I was a refugee, a present-day entrepreneur. I am a founder of the first multicultural model agency in Finland.”

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Julkaissut Ennenolinpakolainen Maanantai 7. syyskuu 2015

“Once I was a refugee. Now I am a nurse in the department of children’s special health care.”

#ennenolinpakolainen, nyt olen vuoden 2014 ylioppilas. Haku poliisiamkiin pian, toivotaan parasta, pelätään pahinta. 🙂

Julkaissut Ennenolinpakolainen Sunnuntai 6. syyskuu 2015

“Once I was a refugee, now I am a graduate of the upper secondary school (2014). I am seeking admission to the police university college. Wish for the best, prepare for the worst.”

#ennenolinpakolainen, nykyään kaikesta kiitollinen.

Julkaissut Ennenolinpakolainen Maanantai 7. syyskuu 2015

“Once I was a refugee. Now I am grateful for everything.”

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