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A Syrian refugee’s story

A refugee threatened with deportation tells his story

My name is Majdy Al-Kassem, from Syria, Idlib city. I’m 26-years-old. I am married and have one child. I have BA of English. I was planning to get a job as a teacher of English Language but because of war, and the suppression of the regime, obliging young men to go to the military service and killing Syrian people, I refused to kill anyone and decided to escape from Syria alone after six months of marriage, leaving my wife who was pregnant.

If I stayed in Syria and refused to kill people, I will be arrested or killed by the regime.

I travelled to Turkey first trying to find a suitable job but I couldn’t. After that, I decided to travel to Europe where my long and full of torture trip has started.

I travelled by sea and then walked long distances in the forests until I arrived to Europe and then to Britain inside a truck.

As I arrived, I was arrested and put in jail alone for three days and then I was transported to the detention, and then to the camp in Birmingham for 20 days.

After the 20 days, I was transported to Coventry where I have been there for three months.

During my journey to Britain, I was arrested in Croatia for 75 days, and then I was asked to leave the country in seven days or I will be arrested again for another three months.

When I was in the prison, I was treated badly and they took my finger prints by force. From that time, I always suffer from psychiatric illness because of bad treatment and hitting inside the prison.

I am treated now here in Britain.

Now I live with a psychic case that became very difficult as I have a three-month-old baby and I did not see him. To live in my city in Syria is very dangerous where there is daily aerial bombardment by the criminal Syrian regime and my wife and son live there.

I went and saw a psychiatrist because I can not sleep and if I could I have very bad dreams.

I am now threatened with deportation to Croatia in any moment because of the finger prints which were taken there under the so-called Dublin agreement.

British government is delaying this because of my illness.

If the will of the British government to deport me and no hope for me to stay in Britain, I will not go to Croatia because the prison is waiting for me there, but I want them to get me back to Syria to my wife and my son to live with them and die with them because I came out for them and my life without them has no value.

They don’t live in a secure place that they can wait for me in order to go back to Croatia and be put in a new jail.

I am very afraid for my child and wife and I may lose at any moment, and I hope to be with them as soon as possible, because I came out for them and if something bad happened to them, my life will have no value.


Majdy is a member of Coventry Asylum-seekers and Refugee Action Group (CARAG). 

The EU’s Dublin regulation states that an asylum-seeker’s application for asylum must be processed in the first EU country that they enter. The agreement has been partially suspended this summer because of the enormous numbers of refugees entering the EU.

Topics: Syria | Refugees