"Language Will Open Doors

Young Syrians have different goals and bring different skills along with them. What goals do they have in Germany and what would help them achieve them? Bara’a Al-Kurdi posed the following questions to four young Syrians from Leipzig and Berlin.

  1. What are your expectations for the future of Syrian youths in Germany?
  2. What would help you create a future for yourself?

Abdul Aziz, 24, Deir-es-Zor – Leipzig

"I assume that most young people who've come from Syria are going to work hard and be successful, that 70 per cent will be successful in achieving their dreams. The way to do that, in my opinion, is to really learn the German language, to really apply themselves in school, to watch films, to get to know Germans. The language will open the doors for them to everything.”

Giwan Mohamad, 34, Aleppo – Leipzig

“I'm optimistic that Germany will have an exceptional future. We’ve already proven our hard work ethic in Turkey and in Egypt, where we worked and helped grow the economy. To me, assimilation to society, establishing contact with the people, is more important than language, because without mutual acceptance and love between Syrians and Germans, people won't be able to learn the language.”

Mohamad Al-Hosseini, 25, Syria - Leipzig

“The future is bright, but we need support and encouragement in order to assimilate to life here in Germany. It all depends on the ambition and professional specialisation of each individual. Every person needs to set concrete goals for her or himself and then choose the best route to achieve them.”

Adel Hassan, Al-Hasakah - Berlin

“Without determination or the will to achieve specific goals, there won't be much of a future for Syrian youths. We can't hold the German state responsible for our own shortcomings. The most important thing is the clear explanation of German legal system and society so that Syrians can adapt to German traditions and customs.” 

You can read more here about what author Bara’a Al-Kurdi thinks about the future of young Syrians.

Bara’a AlKurdi
21 years old, Damascus
. . . lives every moment as if it were his last.