Sagvan Fathi is a refugee from Iraqi Kurdistan who received asylum in Norway, when he crossed the Norwegian border in 2000 after a tough year traveling from Northern Iraq, throughout Europe. Sagvan has now a successful life, he settled in Ålesund in early 2000s, established a profitable business in 2003, and recently began to take political action.
Sagvan established his auto care shop in 2003, and is one of Moa’s most profitable businesses. Besides the auto care shop he owns several other businesses, including a barbershop. He has recently become active in Norwegian Politics after joining the Labour Party. His political views are based on a clear and open minded philosophy. He does not judge people based on their ethnicity, beliefs or political views, but on how hardworking they are. Sagvan believes that hard work is the key to success.
Most of the refugees that arrive in Norway doesn’t get a working permit immediately, they have to wait several months or even years. This is what frustrates Sagvan. How can they integrate and succeed in Norway when they are not allowed to work? he asks himself.