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OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

OPEC bulletin 10/17

also working with a lawyer to be admitted to the asylum-

seeking process here in Austria; otherwise I will be sent

back to Croatia (the first country of the European Union

I arrived in*).

When thinking about Syria, what do you

miss most?

I miss my parents, my sisters and brothers and my child-

hood friends who are still there. My bed is still empty —

no one has used it. My mum says it’s to be kept for me;

that I’ll be back home one day.

What message would

you like to convey?

I want the people here to know

more about Syria; I want them


on back home. What you see

on television and in the news

reflects only ten per cent of the

reality. We, the refugees, don’t come here to take your

work or your money. We come here because we want a

peaceful and safe life. And we will also do our part to

make this process of integration work.

I hope that the war in Syria will soon be over. It’s

enough; the people are tired from fighting. And I hope

that I will be able to see my family again, but at the same

time, I hope that my asylum process will find a positive


And I want to thank the Austrian people for being

welcoming and supportive. This means a lot to us.

Samer Amin



The DUBLIN Regulation is a European Union (EU) law that determines the EU member state responsible for examining an

application for asylum. It provides for the transfer of an asylum seeker to the EU member state through which the asylum

seeker first entered the EU.

Exhibition visitors play a game

designed to highlight the

challenges of communicating

without words.

Samer Amin: “I miss my

parents, my sisters and

brothers and my childhood