For 23 years of living in Indonesia, with few period of years in different sequences abroad, I finally made a big decision in my life: TO EMIGRATE FROM INDONESIA. Some of my friends questioned why I took such a bold life decision when I already could have been successful in my home country. I have bachelor degree in business and economy with specialization in marketing. My small start-up and profile have appeared many times in national and few international media. And my works in entrepreneurship and writing in Indonesia were often promoted in global events in different countries. Technically, I could be anything professional in Indonesia.
There are plenty of reasons, practically speaking, why I chose to move abroad, left my career to become someone unknown, and have to struggle from zero as an immigrant. One of them is my marriage with my long-time best friend and former host-sibling in the United States, who is a Norwegian (we unfortunately got divorced recently). However, the essential reasoning of my migration should be centered to my thirst of freedom: freedom of thinking, freedom of expression, and freedom to explore something new. My unstoppable energy that I always have to travel and the comforts of being a learner and mingle with different people from different backgrounds remains.
Being an immigrant is completely not easy. I have to strongly believe in my self and the “immigrant” spirit of “never look back again after my first step out from the first port of exit in my home country”. I finally moved to Norway in June 22, alone. I knew that I would live with my husband back then, but the process of integration itself depends on myself. In addition to financial issues that we both have to face, there are many others upcoming paper works which seem never ends. Also, the most important things are to be able to speak the language and be accepted in the community. Norway will not be my last country; I finally resided in Denmark, but both Norway and Denmark will be my adopted parental countries as I will travel many times between the two.
For the above reasons, I decided to create one blog that is dedicated as a progress track of my integration and in the future, belonging process with the Scandinavian society. As many other western European countries, Denmark and Norway have become the immigrant countries, especially for refugees or asylum seekers from conflicting countries. It has been an ongoing debate about what the hosting countries should do to maintain peace and stability with this new demographic face. Hopefully, I can also highlight other migrants’ life-story and therefore, helping other people in the same situation by providing personal information beyond immigration department’s website.
I believe that to create the feeling of belonging is the best way to gather all people in the country, both immigrants and settlers, to contribute their best skills for the community, but it should be directed under one common civil law that respects human rights. I know speaking is so easy, but I am looking forward to immerse myself in this issue of immigration as I will soon experience this stage of life.
Additionally, I will also highlight good spots to visit around the countries, and hot news from the north! Hopefully, you will share the same feelings of my love to Scandinavian (especially Danish and Norwegian) culture.
As many brave vikings rushed to the ocean to find precious things, I should say that I never regret my decision to sail off from the safe harbor, and I am, and will always try to be, positive with my new life.
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