Peaceful Coexistence in the Diaspora 45 Inteviews

Exploring the factors impacting integration and acceptance

A series of interviews with both Syrian refugees ormigrants living in Europe and native residents of refugee host countries, exploring factors that influence peaceful coexistence between people and communities from different counties and cultural backgrounds. Factors considered include education, work, social networks, religion, civil society, and government policy & rhetoric.

Majda Al-Ibrahim

Majida is a 52-year old chef in a successful family-run Syrian restaurant that opened two years ago in central Marseille. The family is originally from...

Caroline Ayoub

Caroline is a 41-year old from Damascus. Her mother is Armenian and her father is from Hawash. She was imprisoned in Syria for one month...

Abdallah Al-Khateeb

Abdallah Al-Khateeb is a 30-year old Palestinian Syrian. He was a social and political activist in Syria and remains so in Germany, where he moved...

Dalal Adi

Dalal Adi from Hama is 23 years old and she fled Syria by land and boat to Turkey and Greece, losing track of the two...

Asbed Wanes

Asbed is 31 years old. He is an Armenian Syrian and arrived in Sweden in 2013. While waiting for his residency, he took Swedish language...

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Faten Helal

Faten is a widow who lived in Damascus, where her husband died under torture in prison. She said she was told he had died but...

Angelica Jularbo

Angelica Jularbo is a 48-year old Swedish nurse. She is a single mother of four children and currently works in palliative care in Stockholm. She...

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Mirvat Shikh Shouk

Mirvat Shikh Shouk lives in Malmö with her husband and three children. They arrived in Sweden four years ago and at first lived in refugee housing....

Amal Yazigi

Amal has been living in Stockholm for 35 years. She previously worked as a translator but has recently retired, and is now an elected member...

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Nour Al-Hariri

Nour Al-Hariri is 25 years old and currently lives outside Berlin with her husband and children. She is originally from Deraa, and arrived in Germany...

Firas Al Younis

Firas Al Younis is an accomplished engineer who lives in Berlin. He is from a family of 10 children, and he and his brother are...

Mikaela Matar

Mikaela is a 48 year-old journalist. She had trouble finding a job and realised she needed a niche. She considered Russian but there were many...

Muna Nashashibi

Muna Nashashibi is a Syrian Christian. “I was raised a secular nationalist. Acceptance was a cornerstone of my upbringing. We are believers, but when you’re...

Rehab Jamaledin Maghribi

Rehab Jamaledin Maghribi is 63 years old and arrived in London in the UK in 1975. She had recently married and planned to build a...

Adnan Almohamad

Adnan Al-Mohamad is 40 years old. He used to travel frequently for his work as "a researcher in the field of Syrian antiquities." He currently...

Omar Alshikh

Omar Alshikh is 32 years old and left his country, Syria, to escape the war and pursue his work as a journalist.  He went to...

Adi Atassi

When he graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus in the mid-1980s, Adi Atassi, a 56-year-old Syrian, decided to emigrate from his homeland....

Annetta Benzar

Annetta Benzar is originally from Belarus but emigrated to Cyprus aged 4. She works in an international organisation but feels there is an implicit hierarchy...

Samar

Samar is from Syria but emigrated to the United States to continue her studies.  During the time she was studying at university, she met her...

Aisha

Aisha is 25 years old and from Syria. She did not learn the Greek language after her arrival at camp "Kofinou" in the countryside of...

Abdallah

Abdallah was three when his father moved the family from Damascus, Syria to Larnaca, Cyprus. Now 27, he works for his father in his grocery...

Sarah

Sarah is a young Syrian-American girl who moved from Turkey to Lebanon in early 2016 in order to work in the civilian relief and development...

Amina

Amina fled from Syria with her three children and ended up in the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut where she had a difficult time because...

Abu Hashim

Abu Hashim has visited Syria every week since his early childhood days. Therefore, he understands the nature of Syrian society well because of the cultural...

Shaima’ al-Hazwani

When she arrived in the city of Tripoli in Lebanon in 2010, Shaima’ al-Hazwani began her psychology studies at the Lebanese University. She did not...

Ahmed

Ahmed* was born in 1968 to a Lebanese father and a Syrian mother. He lived for about 20 years in Damascus before returning and settling...

Jad Yatim

Lebanese journalist Jad Yatim has been working in the field of audio-visual media for the last 18 years. Since 2011, he has focused on the...

Ma’ruf al-Qallab

Ma’ruf al-Qallab was born in 1977 in the southern province of Daraa. He studied Law at the University of Damascus and travelled several times to...

Baraa Serajeddi

Before he came over to Lebanon, Baraa Serajeddi thought that Lebanese people lived the way MTV [a Lebanese TV channel] depicted – everyone was comfortable...

Hani al-Rstum

Hani al-Rstum moved into Lebanon in 2008. He studied medicine for three years at the University of Balamand in Tripoli before deciding to change his...

Dia Ghazi

Dia Ghazi (Abu Said) is a 60 year-old Palestinian from Syria and he lived in Damascus the first 17 years of his life. He is...

Juliette Mako Ibrahim

Juliette Mako Ibrahim is 52-years old. She has been a French citizen for many decades but is originally from Al-Hawash in Syria. At 21 she...

Abu Zuhair

Abu Zuhair is 51 years old and is originally from Syria. He went to France in 1985 to study physics on a university scholarship. After...

Noureddine

Noureddine is a retired French banker, aged 69, with no Syrian, Arab, or non-French family. He is from Rouen, and studied there and in Paris....

Abu Farouq

Abu Farouq is 29-years old and is from a village near Tartous. He did not finish middle school. He comes from a family of farmers,...

Sally Manla

Sally is 24-years old and is from a village near Tartous. Her husband was tortured and imprisoned for a year on two separate occasions in...

Michaal

Michaal is 41 years old and from Damascus. He has a Master’s degree. While living in Damascus, he often travelled abroad for work, including to...

Mohammad Khader

Mohammad Khader is a 32-year-old father of three. His first child, who is 5 years old, was born in Syria where Mohammad lived until 2014....

Natalie Darwish

Natalie Darwish, 23 years old and a Syrian refugee in Germany, is from Deir Ezzor area in Syria. She believes that the majority of refugees...

Ghaid Hashemi

A single mother with two nationalities, Ghaid Hashemi defines herself through her religion and education. She says, "I am a woman, I am a Muslim,...

Afraa Batous

Afraa Batous is 33 years old. She is from Aleppo but lived for a time in Damascus then Beirut before moving to Germany in 2016....

Karim Suleiman

Karim Suleiman is 27 years old and was a citizen journalist in Hama, Syria. In January 2014, he and a colleague were hit by an...

Fiona Torbey

Fiona is 49 years old, English and a naturalized French citizen who has been living in France for many decades. She is a lawyer, currently...

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Nadia El-Haj

Nadia El-Haj, 55 years old, is originally from Damascus but has lived in Stockholm since 1991. Currently, she does not work but she used to...

Alexandra Sandels

Alex is a 38-year old Swedish journalist who studied Arabic and has worked in the Middle East, including in Syria, since 2008. She first travelled...