Gender Equality Under the Nordic Welfare Pillar
2. The Danish Context
2.1. The Case of Eritrean Refugees in Denmark
2.2. Gap in Research Relating to Eritrean Refugees in Denmark
3. Aims of the Study
3.1. Theoretical Underpinning
3.4. Tension between Integration Policy and Culture
MO 1-It is important that I teach my children both cultures from an early age but very important at the age of 13 years old. I don’t want them to experience culture conflict and rebel.
MO 2-Here in Denmark, they take care of the rules and Denmark has a good system, you have no conflict with other people. You should take care of yourself and not worry about other problems. If you have a problem, Denmark has a good way to solve it and has a good system to solve it. To be here in Denmark is very nice there is no conflict with others, I like the multicultural. Everyone has their own ways. If you make a problem, you get a lot of problems.
3.5. Conflicting Expectations between Traditional Parenting Roles and the Expectations for Women to Work in the Welfare State
MO 1-Here, if you do not work or go to school, you cannot make money. So you have to! My children have been in the day care and there is not enough time for me to be with them. That is a problem for me.
MO 1-The idea of being something in your country and coming here as a refugee. It’s a very big difference.
MO 1-To start from the beginning was very hard…not knowing the language or able to provide for my family…I was scared I couldn’t get a job.
MO 1-I am a qualified civil engineer, however it is too hard for me to validate my certificate here. So, I have completed an aged care course which is completely different to my background. But it supports my family.
MO 2-I think mothers who have children must stay at home until the children grow up, and then they can work. It is like that back home. I think when my children can eat, dress themselves, speak, and understand, I can then go to work. Before that, it is impossible for children to be by themselves.
MO 3-Once a week, I attend a play group run by the Kommune with my daughter for other refugee mothers and it is nice to talk with them. It helps reduce my loneliness sometimes. It does not matter that it’s not all Eritrean mothers.
Mo 3-First I must take care of my family. I must do what they need. When they are young, they need me. When they are older, I look for my future.
MO 1-I must at home all the time. My job is taking of my children. My husband goes to work. Being a mom is about taking care of your children and the house; it’s a very good job.
3.6. Feelings of Loss of Multi-Layered Family Structure and Consequent Isolation
MO 2-In Eritrea, family is very important. We have a big family. We support each other. Here I feel alone. I only have my husband.
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|Living with children (under 5 yr old) and husband||6|
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