Millennial to Octogenarian: Three generations of refugees on today's crisis

Updated 0416 GMT (1216 HKT) September 19, 2016

(CNN)As World War II looms, a six-year-old Jewish boy escapes Nazi-occupied Europe on a rescue train to Britain.

Five decades later, a woman in war-ravaged Sarajevo takes a United Nations flight to London, where she's given a scholarship to study.
In 2015, a young Syrian man pays smugglers thousands to get to Europe, waiting months for a visa to work.
As the UN draws up a blueprint to address the global refugee crisis at a summit in New York, we speak to three generations about why the quest for refuge is harder than ever.

THE 28-YEAR-OLD SYRIAN SMUGGLED INTO EUROPE

Thaer Batal spent three months in "The Jungle" camp in France before hiding on a train bound for Britain.
"Ninety-per-cent of the journey is just getting from France to the UK," said Thaer Batal.
"I woke up to the sound of two rockets and suddenly the building started to shake," said Thaer Batal, who had returned to his family home in Idlib to protect it from looters when it was destroyed by airstrikes in June 2015.
A week later, the IT engineer and English literature graduate left Syria in the hope of making a new life in the UK.
After crossing the border into Turkey on foot, Batal paid smugglers $1,000 to take a 7-meter rubber dinghy to Greece, which the group of 54 refugees inflated under the watchful gaze of men with guns.
Batal keeps an album on his phone containing photos of his journey to the UK.
Batal later spent three months living in "The Jungle" migrant and refugee camp in Calais, northern France, along with thousands of other refugees from the Middle East, all hoping to enter the UK illegally.
Night after night he attempted to find a way to get to Britain, eventually hiding out on a freight train headed for London.
Despite his easy smile, life in the UK hasn't been a walk in the park for Batal who for seven months wasn't able to work or study until the government approved his refugee visa.