“My future now is the future of my children. It is important that they have a good life and that they make their dreams come true. ”

Ashraf Alali, 43, fled his town with his wife, Rana Alsalm, 37, and their six children in 2017. From Turkey they passed to the Greek island of Lesvos, where they stayed at Kara Tepe accommodation site before being settled in an apartment in Tripolis, Peloponese, where the eldest children are attending school. Their younger daughter, Rawan, was born in Tripolis in 2018.

The nine-member Syrian family from Deir ez-Zor are among more than 21,000 refugees that are currently benefitting from the EU-funded ESTIA (Emergency Support to Integration and Accommodation) programme in Greece.