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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.

Death in the Sahara: An Ill-Fated Attempt to Reach Fortress Europe

Death in the Sahara: An Ill-Fated Attempt to Reach Fortress Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 21, 2014

One year ago, a group of 113 people set off from Niger hoping for a better future in the European Union. A few days later, they were left stranded in the Sahara Desert without vehicles or water. Only 17 survived to tell the tale. By Hauke Goos and Bernhard Riedmann (Photos) more... Comment ]

'Aren't We Human Beings?': One Year After the Lampedusa Refugee Tragedy

'Aren't We Human Beings?': One Year After the Lampedusa Refugee Tragedy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 09, 2014

When over 300 refugees drowned off the coast of Italy last October, the incident prompted widespread outcry and promises to save more lives. But 12 months later, the fates of the survivors show just how broken Europe's refugee system really is. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

'Left To Die': The Survivors of the Malta Refugee Shipwreck

'Left To Die': The Survivors of the Malta Refugee Shipwreck

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 23, 2014

Earlier this month, 500 people, mostly refugess from the Gaza Strip, drowned when their ship sank in the Mediterranean. It was the worst such tragedy in a summer full of them. SPIEGEL traveled to Gaza and Crete to find out what happened. By Julia Amalia Heyer, Walter Mayr, Maximilian Popp and Chrissi Wilkens more... Comment ]

Sharing Burdens: Germany to Urge Shift in EU Refugee Policy

Sharing Burdens: Germany to Urge Shift in EU Refugee Policy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 22, 2014

The number of asylum-seekers in Germany is growing rapidly and many towns and cities are struggling to house them. The country's interior minister is pushing for changes to the EU's refugee policies in an effort to share the burden across the continent. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Europe's Deadly Borders: An Inside Look at EU's Shameful Immigration Policy

Europe's Deadly Borders: An Inside Look at EU's Shameful Immigration Policy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2014

Along the frontiers between Spain and Morocco, Greece and Turkey and Hungary and Serbia, the EU is deploying brutal methods to keep out undesired refugees. Many risk everything for a future in Europe and their odysseys too often end in death. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Cold Paradise: US Struggles with Wave of Underage Immigrants

Cold Paradise: US Struggles with Wave of Underage Immigrants

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 30, 2014

Fleeing violence back home, tens of thousands of children and youth are fleeing Central America for the United States, many unaccompanied by a parent. The influx has bent US asylum policy to the breaking point. By Markus Feldenkirchen and Jens Glüsing in McAllen, Texas and La Ceira, Honduras more... Comment ]

Illegale Immigranten zurück in Mexiko Abgeschoben und aufgestiegen

Illegale Immigranten zurück in Mexiko: Abgeschoben und aufgestiegen
KarriereSPIEGEL - July 21, 2014

Tausende Kinder mexikanischer Einwanderer werden jedes Jahr von US-Beamten in Mexiko ausgesetzt - in einem Land, das ihnen fast unbekannt ist. Drei erzählen hier, warum ihnen dennoch kaum etwas Besseres passieren konnte. Von Sonja Peteranderl mehr... Forum ]

Refugee Standoff in Berlin: The Green Party's Image Crisis

Refugee Standoff in Berlin: The Green Party's Image Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 07, 2014

The recent stand-off between refugees and their supporters, and the authorities at a Berlin school has spurred a PR crisis for the Green Party and left supporters wondering why former squatters would call in the cops to evict people. By Markus Deggerich and Paul Middelhoff more... Comment ]

Growing Influx: Germany Caught Off Guard By Surge in Refugees

Growing Influx: Germany Caught Off Guard By Surge in Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 07, 2014

The German government is expecting around 175,000 people to file applications for asylum this year, the highest number in two decades. Regional politicians are acting surprised, but there have been signs of this development for years now. more... Comment ]

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...