Governments scramble to meet the long-term challenge of assimilating the thousands of new arrivals
Ghassan El Mehbane feels tormented by his past in Syria and little better about his future in Spain.
He has no idea where he, his pregnant wife and three young children will live after their required departure from a Madrid refugee shelter this month. A former wholesale food distributor with poor Spanish, he frets about finding work in an economy with an unemployment rate above 20% before his asylum benefits run out by next summer.
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In Italy, Ismael Sidibe languishes in bureaucratic limbo. He fled Sierra Leone after surviving a rebel attack, only to face a 26-month wait in Rome for a final hearing on his bid for asylum and the right to work.
They and many others who migrated to Europe before this year’s mass influx say they are grateful for the Continent’s help but frustrated by sluggish asylum systems and worried about their ability to restart productive lives.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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