Well, it was a really long and tiring journey, but fortunately Germany has opened its arms to us. Many of the German citizens, in fact, had volunteered to help us. They made efforts to facilitate the process of our stay and helped to provide us with necessary documents.
Not really, because when I had just arrived in a camp in South Bavaria, we were divided into groups and there were celebrations and parties in the Churches in which also German citizens were invited. In addition, we discovered the German culture and history through attending the celebrations and parties during the special holidays.
Actually, for me the biggest difficulty was the huge cultural differences and the language, which is so complicated.
I’m surprised that Germans can speak this language fluently. Indeed, it's not so easy for us to communicate with Germans. Also, we had a problem with food that differs from our Syrian cuisine.
Yes, it was a problem to find houses. In the beginning, we were put 3 or 4 people in a small room and this was a real problem. But, we were obliged to accept that because of the huge wave of refugees at that time.
In my opinion, yes, it is, because I share a house with my brother and I am learning German. I believe that the government is focusing mainly on employing the refugees and affording houses for them. This, in my opinion, facilitates a role for the job center to provide suitable work for as many refugees as possible.
In this case the job center attempts to avoid the increase of unemployed refugees, so it either sends unemployed ones to academies to teach them how to write CVs, or advising them about what kind of job is suitable for them, or also it deliberately affords low-salary jobs and this is in order to motivate them to work and to improve their situations.
Sure, we have the language, the education, and work like all people. I mean, I do have my personal and unique plan. So, the first step is to improve my language and to get the highest level in it because this also helps me to get the permanent residence permit. The second step is to continue my studies in Commerce and Economics because due to the situation in my country, I left university before getting my diploma. So, my goal now is to guarantee for myself a prosperous educational and professional future.
Ahmad Abdulmajid, 23 years old, is a Syrian refugee.