“I think she is happy to come here. She is obviously eager to get away from the refugee camp, and to meet us again,” says Gautam about his grandmother, who is soon turning 83. He came to Tysvær on February 6, 2009 together with his mother and sister. The family members from Bhutan are UN refugees and Gautam says that he had learned good English and therefore would prefer resettling in the U.S or Australia. But, the UN Refugee Agency sent the family to Norway because he has his single mother, and that Norway has a well maintained social security system.
“Now I am glad that we came to Tysvær. This is a small place, and it means that it is easier to know people. People talk with us and it's good to be here,” he says.