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A Syrian refugee, forced to flee his homeland four years ago has been telling ITV News Anglia how happy he is with his life here in the East.
Four years ago the then Prime Minister David Cameron promised to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees who had been caught up in the country's civil war.
One of those was Marwan Saloutta, with his wife and two young children, who has made Colchester his home.
Marwan used to be a magazine photographer and journalist in Damascus, but he's had no choice but to change careers to survive.
He's just opened his own restaurant in Essex, specialising in Syrian cuisine.
Marwan's restaurant has been given five star reviews since opening in December.
His wife won a year's scholarship to study law at the University of Essex, and is now into her second year.
He says he hopes to return to Syria with his family once it becomes safe, but until then wants to keep giving back to the community that has so readily accepted him.