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The Breaking Point? Germany's Asylum System Struggles to Cope

The Breaking Point? Germany's Asylum System Struggles to Cope

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2015

As the migrant influx continues, the 'Refugees Welcome' high is beginning to wear off. People are beginning to wonder if Germany will really be able to cope with all the newcomers. And the system is already completely overwhelmed. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Welcoming the Refugees: Has Germany Really Changed?

Welcoming the Refugees: Has Germany Really Changed?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2015

Germany has been putting its best foot forward in the refugee crisis, welcoming asylum seekers with open arms. But the country's treatment of foreigners hasn't always been this warm. Are we seeing the new Germany, or will the old resurface? An Essay by Juan Moreno more... Comment ]


A Continent Adrift: Juncker Proposes Fixes to EU's Broken Asylum Policies

A Continent Adrift: Juncker Proposes Fixes to EU's Broken Asylum Policies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2015

Europe's asylum policies are broken: That much has become clear in recent weeks amid the huge numbers of refugees entering the EU from the Western Balkans. Can policymakers bring the situation under control? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Asylum's Dark Side: The Deadly Business of Human Smuggling

Asylum's Dark Side: The Deadly Business of Human Smuggling

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 07, 2015

Every day, thousands of refugees entrust their lives to human smugglers as they make their way to Europe -- and many of them die en route. The smugglers, meanwhile, are making handsome profits, and aren't particularly concerned about safety. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Welcome to Germany: Locals Step In to Help Refugees in Need

Welcome to Germany: Locals Step In to Help Refugees in Need

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 18, 2015

While attacks against refugee homes dominate the headlines, a new movement to aid asylum seekers is taking root in Germany. From medical care to security services, locals are organizing what the state won't. more... Comment ]

Migrant Misery: Greek Island of Kos Makes Refugees Fend for Themselves

Migrant Misery: Greek Island of Kos Makes Refugees Fend for Themselves

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 14, 2015

Up to 600 people arrive each night on the Greek island of Kos, fleeing wars, oppression and hunger. When they arrive, they are often made to sleep outside with not sanitation facilities available. Greek authorities seem uninterested in improving the situation. By Raniah Salloum in Kos, Greece more... Comment ]


Mediterranean Desperation: Saving Lives at the World's Most Dangerous Border

Mediterranean Desperation: Saving Lives at the World's Most Dangerous Border

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2015

Doctors Without Borders is the only major humanitarian organization actively rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean. So far, it has saved more than 10,000 people. But in the world's biggest crisis region, timing is everything. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Christian Werner (Photography) more... Comment ]

Unsettling Encounters: Tourists and Refugees Cross Paths in the Mediterranean

Unsettling Encounters: Tourists and Refugees Cross Paths in the Mediterranean

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 07, 2015

Two worlds are colliding on the beaches of the Mediterranean this summer: Vacationers looking for relaxation and migrants seeking relief from poverty or warfare. The result is a moral conundrum for Europe. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Migration Crisis: The EU's Shipwrecked Refugee Plan

Migration Crisis: The EU's Shipwrecked Refugee Plan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 23, 2015

When 800 refugees drowned on their way to Europe this April, leaders promised to act. Just over two months later, the EU's attempts at real reform have all but failed -- and thrown up some dark moral questions. By Ullrich Fichtner, Maximilian Popp, Christoph Schult and Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Migration Debate: 'One of the Most Serious Dramas of Our Times'

SPIEGEL Migration Debate: 'One of the Most Serious Dramas of Our Times'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2015

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann and human rights activist Elias Bierdel recently met with SPIEGEL editors to debate German and EU migration policies in light of the recent mass deaths in the Mediterranean Sea. Interview Conducted By Maximilian Popp and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

Risky Deterrence: Europe Prepares Plan To Fight Human-Traffickers

Risky Deterrence: Europe Prepares Plan To Fight Human-Traffickers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2015

As the refugee crisis continues to unfold, the EU may seek a UN mandate authorizing the use of military force against migrants seeking to illegally enter Europe via the Mediterranean. But skepticism of the plans in Brussels is widespread. By Horand Knaup, Christoph Schult, Gordon Repinski and Ann-Katrin Müller more... Comment ]