As millions of people struggle to make a life after being forced out of their homes in Syria and Iraq, CBC's Susan Ormiston spoke to one 24-year-old Iraqi about his attempt to travel to Europe after spending thousands to buy fraudulent travel documents.

"For Iraqis particularly, their legal status is ambiguous, and many are desperate to leave," Ormiston reported from Amman, Jordan.

The man CBC News spoke to travelled from Jordan to Turkey, where he spent thousands of euros to buy fraudulent Hungarian papers that he hoped would get him into Europe. He didn't make it and was eventually deported to Jordan, where he's been living for several years. 

The forgers returned some of his fee because he didn't get to Germany, he told CBC News.

He said he has to stay in Jordan for a year, but will try again. The next time, he said, he'll try to reach Europe's shores from a boat launched in Turkey. If he's detained, he said, he'll tell authorities he's Syrian.

Watch the video above to see the story of one man's experience with the complex — and costly — black market in travel documents.

Iraqi refugee

CBC News agreed not to name this 24-year-old Iraqi, who obtained fraudulent papers in Turkey to try to facilitate a journey to Europe after years stuck in Jordan. (CBC)