The 390-Euro Man: A Pakistani Slave's Path to Freedom

The 390-Euro Man: A Pakistani Slave's Path to Freedom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2014

For more than 16 years, Hanif Masih worked as an indentured servant in a brick factory in Pakistan. Then, an aid organization purchased his freedom. Though he remains extremely poor, he is one of the lucky ones. By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

World Cup 2022: The Dark Side of the Qatar Dream

World Cup 2022: The Dark Side of the Qatar Dream

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 11, 2014

Qatar is spending billions to build hotels, subways, shopping centers and stadiums ahead of the World Cup in 2022. But those working on the projects are poorly paid and poorly housed. And some of them can't leave. By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Immigration to Germany: 'Better Qualified than the Domestic Population'

Immigration to Germany: 'Better Qualified than the Domestic Population'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 05, 2014

In recent years, Germany has begun attracting large numbers of highly qualified immigrants. Demographics expert Reiner Klingholz says that the development could be vital to the country's future, despite ongoing problems with integration. Interview by Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Victim of Its Own Success: German Jobs Program for Southern Europeans Falls Short

Victim of Its Own Success: German Jobs Program for Southern Europeans Falls Short

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 11, 2014

When Germany announced a program to attract jobless young adults from Southern Europe, they had no idea how high demand would be. Funding has temporarily run out for travel, training and language learning subsidies. By Markus Dettmer and Claus Hecking more... Comment ]

Beggars, Inc.: Romanians Duped into Panhandling in Germany

Beggars, Inc.: Romanians Duped into Panhandling in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 28, 2014

A Romanian family in Hamburg has made a business out of luring compatriots to Germany and promising them jobs and better lives. Instead, they are coerced under highly dubious circumstances into becoming beggars for the "employer". By Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

Benefits for EU Migrants: Brussels Warns Germany against Populism

Benefits for EU Migrants: Brussels Warns Germany against Populism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2014

Officials in Brussels have been highly critical of a German provision that limits access by EU nationals to its unemployment benefits. In an interview, EU Commissioner László Andor criticizes "unscrupulous politicians" seeking to foment populism. Interview by Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Labor Market: Does Germany Benefit from Balkan Immigrants?

Labor Market: Does Germany Benefit from Balkan Immigrants?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 07, 2014

A debate over whether Germany profits from Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants has flared up since the EU opened its labor market to these workers. Statisticians are struggling to come up with conclusive evidence on either side of the argument. By Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]

Coalition Row: Merkel Tries to Defuse 'Poverty Immigration' Debate

Coalition Row: Merkel Tries to Defuse 'Poverty Immigration' Debate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 03, 2014

The debate over "poverty migration" to Germany has escalated inside Chancellor Merkel's governing coalition this week, prompting her to step in and seek to calm fears as Bulgarians and Romanians gain access to the European labor market. more... Comment ]

No Training, No Work: Unemployment Rising Despite More Jobs

No Training, No Work: Unemployment Rising Despite More Jobs

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2013

Although there are more jobs than ever before, unemployment continues to rise in Germany. Many long-term unemployed are looking for work again, but their lack of qualifications means they hardly stand a chance in a highly specialized industrial society. By Markus Dettmer and Kristiana Ludwig more... Comment ]

Lost in Germany: Spanish Jobseekers Lured on False Pretenses

Lost in Germany: Spanish Jobseekers Lured on False Pretenses

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2013

They were promised new jobs in Germany -- but their hopes have now been quashed. Nearly 130 would-be Spanish workers are stranded in Erfurt after private employment agencies apparently failed to follow through. By Claus Hecking more... Comment ]