Diploma-wielding refugees hit Europe with high hopes, struggle continues

Refugees walk to the exit of the train station upon arrival on a special train coming from Munich at the railway station in Berlin Schoenefeld on September 13, 2015Mohammed, Fayiq, Zyad, Bilal — an engineer, a high-school student, a cardiologist and an accountant… Or at least they were until they set off on the long and dangerous route to Europe, their promised land. “Syrians… are looking for somewhere where they can have the quality of life that they had before the conflict,” says Arezo Malakooti, head of migration research at Altai Consulting, which has done work for the International Organization for Migration and the UN. “Syria was very much like a European country before the war, with relatively good standards of living, a relatively educated population.

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