lördag 20 september 2014

Valvaka

Vi hade valvaka i söndags, med svenska bekantskapskretsen, precis som för fyra år sedan. Fast för fyra år sedan var det helt andra personer med. Det blir lätt så, rotationen bland vännerna, de svenska, är stor när man bor i ett annat land. Även om många stannar i flera år är det få som stannar permanent.
Vi körde på knytkalas och åt ungefär hur mycket mat som helst.
Hur som helst. Vi hade väldigt trevligt, trots valresultatet. De där 13% känns lite extra när vi alla sitter där med partners som har en annan nationalitet än oss själva, med barn som har dubbla medborgarskap och två eller tre modersmål och en hel släkt från ett land som inte är Sverige. Vi känner oss alla svenska, och ändå helt plötsligt lite mindre välkomna med våra familjer. Det är svårt att inte ta det personligt.

5 kommentarer:

  1. Hej Annika!

    Det skulle bli super kul om du bloggar om att Undvik att sprida virus till andra människor ..

    Gud vad jag blir irriterad. ..En dag var jag med min baby i kassan på affären nära var en man som nös nästan i vårt ansikte ... Jag gick hem och nästa dag överraskning! ... Mitt barn var förkyld ...

    Det är super viktigt att veta att när man hostar eller nyser så sprider man miljontals bakterier som kan infektera andra människor ... Det känns dåligt att kunna inte andas ren luft.

    Vi har möjligheten att göra det bättre, snälla tank på de andra människorna som är runt kring dig, använd näsdukar när du vill hosta eller nysa..

    Pd: Du är den bästa bloggaren jag har läst ;)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Tack! Får se om jag lyckas få in det i något inlägg... Men jag håller helt med! Det krävs ju så lite ansträngning och gör så stor skillnad!

      Radera
    2. Ja, det är så ;)

      Radera
  2. I do not know much about Swedish politics but since I am married to a swede, I should get more information about it.

    But voting for a "racism" party could mean more that meets the eyes. I just read an article in the NY times:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/21/opinion/sunday/syrian-refugees-nordic-dilemma.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-top-span-region&region=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region&_r=0

    And it makes a lot of sense: why is Sweden accepting so many refugees when Sweden is not doing a good job of integrating them? Even educated immigrants can not even get a job so why is Sweden opening the doors to immigrants who are poorly educated and are using all the benefits that Sweden provides? In top of that, Swedish people cannot even discussed that because they are labeled as 'Racists'

    Could it be that this party is daring to question the open immigration law? Could they be right to think that Sweden cannot go on forever accepting immigrants that cannot adapt to Swedish Society?

    I live in the US for now (moving to Sweden soon...the husband's idea) and I can tell you this much, the US accept refugees but it is not expected that the American government will support them forever. In the US, if you do not work, you will be homeless so refugee or no, you have to work but then again, I think the US is so much better in integrating people.

    I may be wrong but there is always the other side of the coin, and the party that everyone is calling 'racist' maybe thinking more in balancing the amount of refugees/immigrants that can afford to support while continuing to provide the social welfare that all swedes are used to.

    Can Sweden continue to provide that safety net in the future with double-digit youth unemployment. and so many refugees no working/integrating to the Swedish society?

    And I am latina and I am not afraid to say things as I see them even if they call me racist...lol
    And yes, I have discussed this with the husband and since I am latina, he dares to tell me exactly how he feels and no, I do not think he is racist...he married me after all and I am a 'brown' latina..lol!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Yes, it is true that Sweden has had a traditionally "generous" immigration policy (although not generous enough because pretty regularly there are media scandals about cases where the migration authority is about to send people back to countries where their lives are clearly in danger). However, just because other countries have stricter laws it does not necessarily mean that we should go that way in Sweden, it can't be the measuring stick.

      And of course, there are integration-related problems in Sweden, for example structural discrimination on the labour market that makes it more difficult for immigrants (even so-called "second generation" immigrants), but I don't agree that the other parties are not addressing the issue, they just have different solutions than "closing the borders", which is basically the solution of the Swedish Democrats (which would directly affect you and me - they want to diminish family immigration with 90%).

      And regarding the racism-label, it is not only due to their current immigration policies, but also to their roots. Look at for example these articles: The iron pipe of Swedish Neo-Fascism, From boots to suits, Sweden Democrat's extreme roots and Profile: Far-right Sweden Democrats.

      Radera

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