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Nejat’s dream – to stay on in Sweden and start his own business

Nejat is studying on the commercial course and has had practical training at Åhus Golfkrog. Now his dream is to start a budiness of his own.
Nejat is studying on the commercial course and has had practical training at Åhus Golfkrog. Now his dream is to start a budiness of his own.
Foto:Victor Lindstammer

Nejatllah ’Nejat’ Haymakh came to Sweden as an unaccompanied minor at the end of 2015. He shows a great interest in getting involved in the life of the community, through sport, school, the church and a trainee job. In spite of repeated refusals of his application for asylum. He doesn’t hesitate to take the initiative in building up a social network. The network helps him, and he helps others.

Nejat has a lot of activities on his agenda. At the same time he wishes he could a residence permit so that he can start to build up a secure future for himself.

As a newcomer to Sweden, he started with sport.

– I want to help people by teaching them to play football and floorball, he says.

He is a football trainer in Yngsjö for 6-7-year-olds, and he trains a group of girls at Vilan as part of the project ”Everyone can play floorball’”.

– Floorball is exciting. It’s fast, and it it requires a lot of technique.

Here I could start to study for the first time in my life, and I had to do it in Swedish. But I can manage

Before he came to Sweden he had never heard of floorball. Less than a year later he started to play. And now he’s both a trainer and referee.

He is also a volunteer at Östermalm church.

– I look after the children while their parents are having language café. The people in the Church are open and friendly, and there is a good atmosphere, he says.

He is longing to get a positive decision on his residence permit. He thinks about it a lot. Even so, he puts a lot of energy into his studies at Söderport school, where he has just completed his first year on the commercial course.

– I work hard and study a lot, but I can’t help thinking about my application to the Migration Board.

At an early stage his application was turned down four times, but he hasn’t given up, and is still putting up a fight to remain in Sweden.

He thinks the Migration Board has acted incorrectly a few times.The problem is that his native language is Uzbek, but they booked an interpreter who spoke Dari, which Nejat does not speak.

– Studying is difficult. I can’t write in my native language. Here I could start to study for the first time in my life, and I had to do it in Swedish. But I can manage, he says.

When he turned 18 he had to leave the home where the Migration Board had placed him. So he tried to find a family he could live with.

– Through a language café in Åhus I got to know a family. I live with them now, and they teach me a lot, they help me. They are my family here, he says.

Nejat is a capable, reliable person, says Mattias Olsson, head of the restaurant at Åhus Golfkrog ”He gets along very well”.
Foto: Victor Lindstammer
Nejat is a capable, reliable person, says Mattias Olsson, head of the restaurant at Åhus Golfkrog ”He gets along very well”.
Nejat has helped with both dishwashing and serving.
Foto: Victor Lindstammer
Nejat has helped with both dishwashing and serving.

Thanks to the a Swedish friend, he got a trainee place at Åhus Golfkrog. He enjoys working there. His boss at the restaurant, Mattias Olsson, thinks Nejat is a capable and reliable person.

– Nejat knows his job from A to Z, he knows exactly what to do. Of course there’s a job waiting for him here when he comes back with good news from the Migration Board.

Mattias Olsson thinks the community ought to take its responsibility and provide some help.

– People ought to get help to integrate into the community. They obviously have the ability, but they need a helping hand to get started.

What are your dreams, Nejat?

– My dream is to get a residence permit and live an ordinary life in Sweden. I dream of opening starting a firm of my own. I would like to help people with difficulties finding a job.

In just a few years, Nejat has learnt to speak good Swedish. He puts a great deal of energy into his studies on the commercial course, and has lots of activities in his spare time.
Foto: Victor Lindstammer
In just a few years, Nejat has learnt to speak good Swedish. He puts a great deal of energy into his studies on the commercial course, and has lots of activities in his spare time.

Facts

Nejatllah ”Nejat” Haymakh

Born: 1999.

Family: Lives with a Swedish family with seven children .Has lived with them for two years. His parents are still in Afghanistan.

Background: From Afghanistan.

Studies: Has completed his first year at Söderport school where he is following the commercial studies programme.

Native language: Uzbek.

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During his period of training at Åhus Golfkrog Nejat has had the chance to see different aspects of the work. He has enjoyed his time there.
Foto: Victor Lindstammer
During his period of training at Åhus Golfkrog Nejat has had the chance to see different aspects of the work. He has enjoyed his time there.
Nejat feels at home in the kitchen.
Foto: Victor Lindstammer
Nejat feels at home in the kitchen.