'Everything is Fine' A Syrian Family's Quest to Become German

The Muatis are one of hundreds of thousands of refugee families who have come to Germany from Syria since the war broke out. They desperately want to fit in and contribute to society, but even as the children relish their newfound freedoms, the parents worry about their future.

Philipp Schmidt / DER SPIEGEL


Editor's Note: An article originally appeared at this address that was written wholly or in part by the former DER SPIEGEL reporter Claas Relotius. It emerged in December 2018 that Relotius frequently fabricated some of what he wrote. During its investigation of the case, DER SPIEGEL was faced with the question of how to deal with the articles in question. On the one hand, the editorial staff and the magazine are pursuing the goal of the utmost transparency. On the other hand, though, numerous characters in these stories feel misrepresented and falsely quoted -- and much of it was invented completely. DER SPIEGEL has therefore decided to provide access to the articles exclusively in the form of a single, annotated PDF file in German that includes all the texts in question. You can find the PDF here (size: around 16 MB).


Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan


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