A Day at the Fair — A Syrian’s Journey to Employment in Germany

180 companies, business associations, educational institutions and civil society organizations had stands in the job fair for refugees at Estrel Hotel (credit: Yermi Brenner)

The job fair for refugees and migrants that took place January 28 in Berlin was a very important day for Hassan Al Hashem, a Syrian who fled to Germany three years ago and is currently unemployed.

Hassan owned and worked in an Aleppo jewelry store for 15 years — “living in abundance,” he said — until the Syrian war took everything away, including his life…



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Yermi Brenner

Articles, personal essays, and data-driven analysis on how emigration, immigration, and displacement are impacting societies and individuals.