Law No. 10 empowers authorities to confiscate property without compensating owners or giving them a chance to appeal.
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A new law allowing the Syrian government to seize homes for redevelopment has raised Mohammad's fears he'll never be able to realize that dream.Some 800,000 Syrian refugees have streamed into Germany since the start of the 2011 civil war, according to government figures, and Germany has been counting on many to return home once the country is again safe.The innocuously named Law No. 10, passed in April, empowers authorities to confiscate property without compensating the owners or giving them an opportunity to appeal.The law has not yet gone into effect, but Chancellor Angela Merkel swiftly brought it up with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in May, urging him to use Moscow's influence with Syrian President Bashar Assad to change it.The law initially stated that Syrians had 30 days to prove ownership of properties in a designated redevelopment zone.A year before the civil war broke out, Mohammad completed initial construction on his home, a single-story four-bedroom building on a 500-square-meter plot he bought after saving money from seven long years of grueling construction work in Dubai.
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