Migrants and refugees run to board a train after crossing the Macedonia-Greek border near Gevgelija on September 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ROBERT ATANASOVSKI
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... Or at least they were until they set off on the long and dangerous route to Europe, their promised land.Far from backgrounds of extreme poverty, many of the hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees inching their way through the continent studied at university or worked in good jobs before disaster hit.And according to immigration authorities, refugees and those who work with them, this is particularly true for Syrians, whose country used to have one of the best education systems in the region before it plunged into war and chaos in 2011 .Data collected in Germany between January 2013 and September 2014 show that 78 percent of Syrians who arrived in the country came from middle- or upper-class sections of society and had a good education, according to the country's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.Just like many Syrians trekking through Europe today, he fled the regime in 2013 and made it to France where he now lives outside Paris.
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