Syrian student Essa Hassan, 26, is embraced by Jose Muzquiz (R), a member of NGO Habesha Project, after his arrival at the Benito Juarez international airport in Mexico City, September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Ginnette Riquelme
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Proudly, Hassan noted, his official designation in Mexico is listed on his visa not as refugee, but as student.Hassan's arrival in northern Mexico last fall was sponsored by the Habesha Project, a Mexican non-profit group that offers scholarships to Syrian students whose academic careers have been interrupted by the five-year-old civil war in their homeland.Hassan was the first Syrian refugee to arrive in Mexico, according to Habesha.Hassan was raised as an Alawite and his brother belongs to the government air force. Hassan himself feels no loyalty to the government.As to whether Mexico is now his home, Hassan said: "There is no home any more.That said, Hassan keeps in close touch by Skype and WhatsApp with those he left behind.
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