A Syrian man cries as he stands with his family after arriving, along with other refugees and migrants, on the Greek island of Lesbos by crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on November 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC
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Carefully shielding a lit candle against the cold pouring rain, Syrian refugee Ghaled, 22, had come to the French Embassy in Berlin to pay tribute to victims of the Paris attacks.Ghaled was a student in dentistry in Damascus, but decided to leave the Syrian capital after seeing no end to the violence engulfing his homeland.Like tens of thousands of his fellow countrymen, he first risked his life crossing the Mediterranean in an inflatable boat, before trekking for 17 days to get to Germany five months ago.French police's discovery of a Syrian passport near the body of one attacker in particular has sparked concerns that some of the assailants might have entered Europe as part of the huge influx of people fleeing Syria's civil war.Another Syrian refugee, William, 24, who had also arrived in Germany five months ago, was equally anxious.In Germany, where a debate had already been raging before Paris attacks over the influx of asylum seekers expected to top a million this year, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere came out quickly to counter any attempt at drawing a link between terrorists and migrants.
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