Raaffat Al-Gazawi and his family

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“We are looking forward to a new beginning in Germany".
Raaffat Al-Gazawi and his family
Current Country: 
Greece
Country of Origin: 
Syrian Arab Republic

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“I was born in 1993, in Daraa, Syria”, says Raaffat, holding his little girl in his arms. It is the place where the uprising that would lead to Syria’s civil war erupted in 2011.

Five years on, Raaffat, a cook by profession, is attending the cultural orientation session at IOM Greece headquarters in Athens, in the context of the EU Relocation Programme. Together with his wife, 21-year-old Ayat, their two children Bisam, 4 and Mohamad, 2 as well as 13-year old Mohamad -Ayam’s relative- they are travelling to Germany. His younger brother is already there, waiting for them.

“We arrived on the island of Lesbos on the 19th of March 2016, just one day before the implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement. At first, we were mistakenly registered to have arrived on the 23rd, so that would mean that we wouldn’t be eligible for relocation. Thankfully, the mix-up was quickly resolved and in a matter of days we got into the relocation programme and an apartment in Athens. During the whole process, IOM staff have been very supportive and helpful. The pace of the procedure was good, we finished with our medical tests very fast”, he continues. “We are looking forward to a new beginning in Germany. We will be safe, far from the bombs and the bullets of our country. All I want is to protect my children, this is why we left. To save them from war and to offer them the chance to be educated, to have a chance in life”.

Through the EU Relocation Programme, the International Organization for Migration in Greece (IOM) supports the Government of Greece in relocating with safety and dignity asylum seekers to other EU Member States of Relocation (MSR). The Programme is funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union (AMIF).

Previous Country of Residence: 
Syrian Arab Republic

“I was born in 1993, in Daraa, Syria”, says Raaffat, holding his little girl in his arms. It is the place where the uprising that would lead to Syria’s civil war erupted in 2011.

Five years on, Raaffat, a cook by profession, is attending the cultural orientation session at IOM Greece headquarters in Athens, in the context of the EU Relocation Programme. Together with his wife, 21-year-old Ayat, their two children Bisam, 4 and Mohamad, 2 as well as 13-year old Mohamad -Ayam’s relative- they are travelling to Germany. His younger brother is already there, waiting for them.

“We arrived on the island of Lesbos on the 19th of March 2016, just one day before the implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement. At first, we were mistakenly registered to have arrived on the 23rd, so that would mean that we wouldn’t be eligible for relocation. Thankfully, the mix-up was quickly resolved and in a matter of days we got into the relocation programme and an apartment in Athens. During the whole process, IOM staff have been very supportive and helpful. The pace of the procedure was good, we finished with our medical tests very fast”, he continues. “We are looking forward to a new beginning in Germany. We will be safe, far from the bombs and the bullets of our country. All I want is to protect my children, this is why we left. To save them from war and to offer them the chance to be educated, to have a chance in life”.

Through the EU Relocation Programme, the International Organization for Migration in Greece (IOM) supports the Government of Greece in relocating with safety and dignity asylum seekers to other EU Member States of Relocation (MSR). The Programme is funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union (AMIF).

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