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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
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.
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
Samer Amin: “I miss my
parents, my sisters and
brothers and my childhood