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In the 1980s and early 1990s, tens of thousands of Lebanese and Palestinian-Lebanese migrants arrived, fleeing Lebanon's Civil War. Living in parallel societies, many of these Arab migrants barely integrated with their German neighbors. Of the nearly 695,000 migrants who applied for asylum in Germany in 2016, more than 62 percent received refugee status or humanitarian protection, which enabled them to work and receive welfare benefits, according to data from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. Among applicants from Syria, the figure was higher, at around 97 percent.In contrast, 10 years earlier less than 7 percent of asylum applicants in Germany received refugee status.A 2016 study by Bielefeld University found more than half of established migrants in Germany believe the newcomers should settle for less.Established shop owners and Syrians with new businesses were fighting one another.Older Arab Muslim migrants complain the newcomers are "too liberal".Mohammad Altaweel, a Lebanese migrant who has lived in Berlin for four decades and has a publishing house in its Neukoelln district, expressed surprise that Syrian women were very different from those depicted in "Bab al-Hara," a popular Syrian television drama set in the early 1900s.
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