So, you can imagine that it came as very positive, but still shocking news when I was asked to be part on the panel for integration of the Norwegian Government. Lead by the Minister of Education and with the seal of approval of the Prime Minister herself! (women crush alert )
The panel counts with 12 people from different parts of the country, different backgrounds, experience and age. Our work will be to provide input for the improvement and development of the integration policy, as well as providing new ideas and perspectives.
I have to say, the first meeting was nerve wracking, but being in the same room with both people from the Government making an effort, and with these other 11 game changers, it was truly inspiring and humbling.
My speech was a very personal one. When it comes to immigration I believe every story and circumstance is different, therefor personal. It is impossible to think in one single strategy that fits all. We are people after all. In my case, I am an immigrant for my dreams. I have pursued them for more than 10 years through America, Europe and Asia. I understand the value of feeling accepted, loved and cared for in a foreign country. But integration is a two ways road. We both have to give and take in order to create a relationship based on trust and results. So why not add one question to the already extended questionnaire to immigrants that comes to Norway. What is your dream? When we are pursuing our dreams we work harder, learn faster and integrate quicker. Seeing someone working for their passion, inspires. And with inspiration comes understanding, acceptance and yes; integration.
“The biggest adventure you can take, is to live the life of your dreams”