Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you doing this project?

Last fall, we witnessed one of the largest influxes of refugees to Europe in modern times. Many people came to Sweden.

We reported on the chaotic reception of the refugees, the lack of beds, volunteer efforts, and later on border controls and changes in asylum policies. The largest group of asylum seekers were Syrians.

With this project, SVT Nyheter wants to give these people faces and voices. Their own stories. We want to give our audience the opportunity to get to know some of the people that have made it here.

Why are you only including Syrians?

Syria currently tops the list of countries with most displaced people in the world. The civil war has been raging for over five years and is the deadliest ongoing conflict on the globe.

Over six million Syrians have left their homes. Most of them have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, but ever since the war started in 2011, about 111,000 Syrians have applied for asylum in Sweden.

How did you choose the participants?

We’ve made contact with most participants via social media. We’ve also visited several asylum accommodations in various Swedish cities. The 200 people that ended up participating have voluntarily chosen to share their stories.

How were the interviews conducted?

All participants have been asked the same questions, via a web form. The questions were open-ended and concerned their lives in Syria, the escape, and their daily life in Sweden. We then constructed coherent stories from their answers. Several people have also been interviewed on camera or by phone.

How do you know everything they wrote is true?

In short – We can’t be absolutely certain. We have, to the best of our abilities, tried to verify personal identities and details from their answers.

Why are the videos in Arabic?

We believed the quality of participants’ stories would be greater if they used their native tongue.

Are these their real names?

In most cases, yes. Some people have asked for anonymity due to fear of threats or violence. Those individuals have been given aliases.

Why are there more men than women among the participants?

Mainly because more men than women from Syria have arrived in Sweden.


Team #syrien200

  • Fredrik Edgren (developer)
  • Johan Ekman (researcher)
  • Jens Falkman (graphics)
  • Martin Hedström (data journalist)
  • Linnea Heppling (data journalist)
  • Robin Linderborg (data journalist)
  • Lava Selo (journalist)

Project coworkers

  • Ella Berger (reporter)
  • Firas Haki (translation)
  • Mumena Alekhtyar (translation)
  • Tobias Gärder (design)
  • Klara Nilsson (UX design)
  • Elin Axelsson (UX design)
  • SVT Nyheter Västernorrland
  • SVT Nyheter Jämtland
  • SVT Nyheter Dalarna
  • SVT Nyheter Skåne
  • SVT Nyheter Sörmland
  • SVT Nyheter Uppsala
  • SVT Nyheter Blekinge
  • SVT Nyheter Öst
  • SVT Nyheter Väst
  • SVT Nyheter Västmanland
  • SVT Nyheter Norrbotten
  • SVT Nyheter Gävleborg
  • SVT Nyheter Västerbotten
  • SVT Nyheter Småland
  • SVT Nyheter Gävleborg
  • SVT Nyheter Halland
  • SVT Nyheter Jönköping
  • SVT Nyheter Värmland
  • SVTi
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