Daily Mail

Syrian refugees in Uruguay say they want to move elsewhere
Daily Mail

Five families of Syrian refugees granted asylum in Uruguay last year protested outside the president’s offices on Monday, demanding they be allowed to leave the South American country in search of better jobs, even back in the Middle East.

Uruguay accepted the 42 Syrians fleeing civil war in October 2014, but the families said they felt the leftist government had failed to deliver on a promise of good incomes. « I am not afraid to go back to Lebanon, » said 36-year-old Aldees Maher, whose family had initially sought safety in a refugee camp across the border from Syria. « I want a place that guarantees me, my family a life. »

In Uruguay, a secular country with a tiny Muslim population of about 300, the refugees receive housing, health care, education and financial support from the government. Even so, they have struggled to settle in and relations with locals have been strained.

« I don’t have any way of getting a job to earn enough money and look after the family. Before we came, the embassy told us we could earn $1,500 a month, » said Maher.

The refugees hold an identity and travel document that is recognized internationally, but other states can deny them entry.

Au Québec on parle beaucoup d’accueillir des réfugiés syriens, mais rien ne garantit qu’ils voudront rester ici…