IamA Syrian immigrant in Germany, AMA!
My bio I'm a Kurdish Syrian, 18 years old, came to Germany 9 months ago and applied for asylum which was granted to me 2 months ago. I'm doing this AMA to help you get another perspective on the Syrian situation and the refugee crisis in Europe.
UPDATE Since there are many recurring questions, I'll address them here:
1- "Why did you leave your country instead of fighting for its freedom and culture..."
First, keep in mind this is a civil war, it's not an invade by a foreign nation, it's a civil war, who am I supposed to fight against in such a situation? who decides if I'm wrong or not, should I go and fight against some guy just like me on the other end of the battle? one of us will end up kill the other, which didn't change anything and won't stop the war in any way, but the country just lost one man who could've contributed to its future in better ways than holding a rifle. what saddens me the most is almost all of the people asking why I'm not staying and fighting don't know anything about the situation in Syria, and never experienced who bad a war can be, specifically a civil one.
2- "You come to our countries and take our hard earned money, leeching off the welfare system..."
I don't know how the welfare system works in you country, so I can only speak about the German one, here every refugee gets assistance after being granted asylum, they have to take mandatory integrating and languages courses, which qualify them later to find a job and live on their own, these courses take about 9 months, after passing them, they start pressing you to look for a job, if you couldn't find one, they look for one for you, and you have to work, you can't live off the system all your life, I imagine it's the same through the EU, read about your welfare system in country please.
3- "You are coming in mass numbers, you're backwards and will commit many crimes..."
Yup, many people came in mass numbers, but we won't commit crimes, why do you think all these people are criminals? if in Syria, where the judicial and executive branches are well corrupted, and poverty is wide spread, crime wasn't common at all, at least in my region, so why exactly would these people have a change of heart in a more welcoming and safe country?
4- "Are there ISIS jihadists among the refugees?"
Yes, that is quite a high possibility.
5- "Why does some people throw the food and water given to them by the people and police..."
Because they're assholes? but I'm sure they're just the vocal minority, we aren't arrogant entitled people, none of the people in Syria got something he didn't work for, and I don't think such people would throw food and water, be patient please, and get a look around to know that the majority are grateful and nice people.
6- "We should kick you away because you're invaders and will ruin our continent..."
Nope, you shouldn't. First of all you're kicking human beings, not dolls or rocks. Secondly, you fear these people will invade your continent with Islam and backward traditions, while the truth is, returning them back to Syria, or somewhere on the borders will be the best thing ISIS dream of, these people will have to provide to their families and are more vulnerable to radicalization in such a situation, so basically you're providing manpower to ISIS, deny an entire generation of children from school, a generation that will be the new manpower ISIS relying on in the next 10 years, so no, if you're really concerned about Europe and fear ISIS, then you should keep these people.
7- "Why does people leave Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria even though it's quite safe there?"
Because they want a better life, I know it's such a bad excuse but that's reality, and I think western Europe take them, not to fulfill their dreams, but to ease the burden on these countries, which can't possibly manage such huge floods of people, specially in their current economic environment. Does everyone deserve to go to western Europe? nope, personally If I got to Hungary I would definitely stay there, because leaving the country for Germany would be a huge insult to the people of Hungary ( it's like telling them I'm better than the whole 10 millions of you! ), so take the families from these countries, ease the burden on your neighbors.
8- "Why do you speak such a great English?"
Honestly, that's a great compliment. I've never considered my English bad, but never occurred to me that some people my accuse me of being a fraud because I speak it well. People are weird.
9- "Are you the devil?" No, I'm not.
Please keep in mind what you see on the media is not the whole truth, hell if we should believe every video or report then with some luck I'll convince you that Fred is the best football player in history, if you want to know what kind of people your country is accepting just go to a nearby camp and talk to the people there, it may not be easy for them to integrate but they are trying, and don't read random numbers and believe them, the Syrians are just a fraction of the people coming to Europe.
As I won't be able to answer anymore questions, please read the AMA, I've answered so many ones and you'll probably find your questions among them.
Obligatory thank you for the gold, even though this is a throwaway, but thanks :)
Disclaimer Please keep in mind that no matter how much I know, I'm one person after all, I may have got some false/misleading information, so feel free to correct anything wrong you see for to further the discussion to the better.
EDIT: Awesome, on the front page now :)
Signing off for the last time.