Five Years After Refugee Wave How Syrians Are Reshaping German Society

A large portion of the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who arrived in Germany in 2015 are planning to stay in the country for good. They have changed much over the past five years, and so has the country.
Store owner Mohammad Hanawi: "My entire family is here, and we’ve already built something up.”

Store owner Mohammad Hanawi: "My entire family is here, and we’ve already built something up.”

Foto: Johannes Arlt/ DER SPIEGEL
Muhannad Qaiconie, student: "We wanted to create a home for ourselves in exile.”

Muhannad Qaiconie, student: "We wanted to create a home for ourselves in exile.”

Foto: Milos Djuric/ DER SPIEGEL
Amal Alburs, housewife: "Every time we talk on WhatsApp, my little one asks me when I’m finally going to bring her to me.”

Amal Alburs, housewife: "Every time we talk on WhatsApp, my little one asks me when I’m finally going to bring her to me.”

Foto: Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/ DER SPIEGEL
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