“I met my Dutch girlfriend when she came to Jordan. We fell in love and wanted to be together, but it was very hard for me to come to the Netherlands on a permanent basis. We tried to live in Jordan, but my girlfriend didn’t enjoy it. After a lot of paperwork and patience I was finally able to come here and have lived in Amsterdam for the past ten months.
Amsterdam is a totally different scene from Jordan. It’s paradise for someone from the Middle East. I’m an artist and make films and paint. Jordan is much more conservative and for an artist Amsterdam is full of inspiration. Every day I come across new places. In the area where I live I’ve still only seen half of it. It really is heaven, artistically speaking.
The Netherlands is a very honest country. The police respect everyone. It doesn’t matter what class you come from, whether you’re rich or poor, they will help you when you need help. When I came here I had to follow an assimilation course. I learned about Dutch laws. Because of this, I love the country even more. I always had to fight for my rights in Jordan. Here the battle for health and happiness has already been won. I think raising kids here would be fantastic, if only for the fact that there’s no war here. But also for the feeling that if something goes wrong, the state will look after you.
What I miss is the feeling that everyone knows each other. In Jordan you say hello to everyone you pass on the street - the neighbour, the shop keeper, the passer-by. Here people only say hello if they already know each other. Only on Koningsdag when everyone is partying is everybody a friend.”
155 people in Amsterdam have the Nicaraguan nationality