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Sofyan Aswad: "Depriving me of my values and ethics is not the solution"

The more the community changes and opens up, the more we encounter new problems and things that puzzle us. There is a lot of talk about diversity, integration and segregation. But this raises a question in my mind. If you think that we immigrants should be assimilated into the Swedish community, can you tell us how we should do it?
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Kristianstad • Publicerad 1 november 2022 • Uppdaterad 3 november 2022
Sofyan Aswad
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Foto: Sofyan Aswad

The community is not the same, neither are the people. How can you become Swedish? You aren't the same as your friends, your colleagues, your relatives - and vice versa, they aren't like you either. People have their own interests and act and deal with things in their own way.

”How do I know who the proper Swede is to choose as my role model?”
Sofyan Aswad

We humans are the same, but different. We come in all shapes and sizes. Speak different languages, have different kinds of work, different interests and different abilities. That is our strength.

How can I become as Swedish as possible, or, in other words, how do I know who the proper Swede is to choose as my role model?

We're all different, Swedes as well as everyone else, so who should be my example? Do you really know what I'm like deep down inside me?

”We like our new country, and we stand up for it too”
Sofyan Aswad
Låt mig vara svensk som jag vill, inte som alla andra tycker att jag ska vara, säger Sofyan Aswad.
Låt mig vara svensk som jag vill, inte som alla andra tycker att jag ska vara, säger Sofyan Aswad.Foto: Erik Johansen

Can you imagine my personality, my feelings, my values, my interests, my sympathies? I can try to merge in as a Swede, but who should I choose to model myself on? Let me be Swedish my way, not the way everyone thinks I ought to be. Depriving me of my values and ethics is not the solution. The solution lies in pulling together to be able to find a way we can follow together, complement each other and live in peace.

Don't disregard who I am, where I grew up and what my interests are, don't try to turn me into a Swede. We like our new country, and we stand up for it too.

In this issue you can read all about Yasser, He is a Syrian pharmacist, with a degree from 2001. During a period of ten years his work went from being an occupation to being a consuming interest which made him take a personal interest in his customers. Read about him on pages 6-8.

The municipality's Sfi course in Norra Åsum has lessons for people on parental leave. At Familjeservice at Gamlegården shopping centre children can be present while their parents learn Swedish. More about that on page 13.

Moira Uggla has written a chronicle 'More empathy and understanding, please' Putin's war is raging in Ukraine and people are fleeing for their lives. In pictures from Ukraine we can see, every day, signs written in Cyrillic letters, Almost as hard for Swedes to read as it is for speakers of Arabic to read Swedish texts. More empathy and understanding, please! Read more on page 15.