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Illegal immigration illustrates contemporary economic and political pressures as people move illegally from developing to developed nations in search of better opportunities. Many top economies rely on the inexpensive labor of illegal immigrants to stay competitive and reap higher profits.

Europe's African Refugee Crisis: Is the Boat Really Full?

Europe's African Refugee Crisis: Is the Boat Really Full?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 15, 2014

Since Italy began rescuing Africans from the Mediterranean after the last major tragedy in October, the number of refugees coming to Europe has risen dramatically. Fears of economic immigrants could become a top issue in Europe's spring election. By SPIEGEL Staff more...

Asylum Policy: New Coalition Cements Status Quo for Refugees

Asylum Policy: New Coalition Cements Status Quo for Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 29, 2013

German politicians claim Berlin's new government coalition agreement will offer progress on asylum policies. In truth the policies solidify the status quo and ignore the most important issues. An Analysis by Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Hamburg Unrest: One City, Two Sides, Thousands of Refugees

Hamburg Unrest: One City, Two Sides, Thousands of Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2013

The city of Hamburg continues to be rocked by protests over the treatment of thousands of asylum seekers. Both sides of the conflict have valid points -- but as the argument rages on, the refugees struggle to get by. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Migration Debate: Deportation Scandal Grips France

Migration Debate: Deportation Scandal Grips France

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 21, 2013

Controversy surrounding the deportation of a 15-year-old Roma girl and her family continues to undermine the government of French President François Hollande. The scandal is the latest flare-up in the country's deeply divisive immigration debate. more... Comment ]

Asylum Crisis: How Many Refugees Can Germany Handle?

Asylum Crisis: How Many Refugees Can Germany Handle?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2013

As Germany faces the highest number of refugee claimants in decades, it's becoming increasingly clear that the European asylum system is broken. But fixing it will involve hard decisions. By Jürgen Dahlkamp and Maximilian Popp more...

Xenophobic Riots: Moscow Nervous after Violence Erupts

Xenophobic Riots: Moscow Nervous after Violence Erupts

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2013

Moscow authorities are apprehensive following anti-immigrant riots in a southern suburb on Sunday night. And though neo-Nazis continue to stir xenophobic sentiments, it's clear that the Kremlin has done its own part to fuel these attitudes. By Benjamin Bidder more... Comment ]

EU Immigration: Only the Rich Are Welcome

EU Immigration: Only the Rich Are Welcome

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2013

Hundreds of poverty-stricken refugees are drowning in the Mediterranean, while at the same time, many European Union member states issue residence permits to wealthy Chinese, Arabs and Russians. Anyone is welcome who can pay the asking price. By Claus Hecking more... Comment ]

Lampedusa Tragedy: Deaths Prompt Calls to Amend Asylum Rules

Lampedusa Tragedy: Deaths Prompt Calls to Amend Asylum Rules

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2013

After over 180 African refugees died when their boat sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa last week, Europe is debating its asylum policy with renewed vigor. Politicians are calling for the EU to distribute the burden more fairly. By Walter Mayr and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Multicultural Germany: How We Experience Racism

Multicultural Germany: How We Experience Racism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2013

Several recent controversies in Germany -- from the treatment of refugees to the obstacles faced by immigrants in the job market -- have thrown the issue of racial discrimination into the limelight. SPIEGEL spoke to 15 people of foreign descent to find out how racism affects their daily lives. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Imprisoned, Tortured, Killed: Human Trafficking Thrives on Sinai Peninsula

Imprisoned, Tortured, Killed: Human Trafficking Thrives on Sinai Peninsula

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 29, 2013

The Sinai Peninsula has become a prison and grave for thousands of African refugees. They are kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured to death even after their families have paid hefty ransoms. But Egypt refuses to act. By Nicola Abé in North Sinai more... Comment ]