I am having a problem, big problem.
I am from Syria, and as you know, nowadays all the media is on Syria and what's going on there.
Now, I am in Europe, I am not refugee at all, I work to support myself. I refused to be a refugee though that would've saved me a lot of efforts to work and support myself.
My problem is that whenever you meet new people (and I want (need really)) new people, I tell them I am from Syria, so directly, they get the idea that either I am a terrorist, or at least they try to avoid hang up with me. Some of them are really nice, but still they don't want to contact with me. They think directly that I am Muslim, but I am not.
How can I deal with this situation?
Another problem is that they think I am a refugee, and for example, I can't tell anyone I meet that hey I work, like let's say I met someone in the metro, I can't say hey I am Michael, from Syria, I work, I am not refugee