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The choice to emigrate from Syria is a difficult one for Syrians. Despite the war and oppressive rule of extremist groups such as Daesh (ISIS), leaving Syria means braving the unknown and feeling one has abandoned his friends and country. For some Syrians, arriving in a Western country is a chance to raise awareness about what is happening in Syria and advocate for Western intervention.Fleeing to Turkey does provide immediate relief from the shelling and fighting, but there many Syrians feel they are in permanent limbo. It is difficult for Syrians to legally register their personal affairs, such as marriages, because many lack their Syrian legal documents that the Turkish government requires as the Syrian government does not provide these documents to Syrians who are on the government's wanted lists. The Syrian revolution-turned-war is nearly 5 years old, but the "refugee crisis" that it has created is framed in the media as a Western problem.
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