No Way Back: Why Most Syrian Refugees Want to Stay in Germany

No Way Back: Why Most Syrian Refugees Want to Stay in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 03, 2019

Islamic State has been conquered and the war has ended in large parts of Syria, but most Syrian refugees living in Germany want to stay. Many fear persecution if they go back while others have already established themselves in their new home. By Katrin Elger and Asia Haidar more...

Babylon Berlin: The German Capital at a Crossroads

Babylon Berlin: The German Capital at a Crossroads

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2018

Berlin is changing. That's nothing new, of course, but even as integration challenges have resulted in crime in some neighborhoods, others are trying to find ways to avoid the stasis that comes with gentrification. Success is uncertain. By Lars-Olav Beier, Hilmar Schmundt and Volker Weidermann more... Comment ]


Who Are We? Examining the State of German Identity

Who Are We? Examining the State of German Identity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2018

Integration and immigration are extremely controversial issues in the Germany of today. What do they say about the state of German identity? A handful of new books add fuel to the already blazing fire. By Sebastian Hammelehle more... Comment ]

Shifting Overseas Route: Spain Becomes New Target for Migrants

Shifting Overseas Route: Spain Becomes New Target for Migrants

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 03, 2018

Although the number of migrants making their way across the Mediterranean to Europe has fallen drastically, the preferred overseas route has now moved westward to the strait between Morocco and Spain. Now Rome, Madrid and North African countries are battling to find a solution. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Alienating Immigrants: Is Germany Lurching To the Right?

Alienating Immigrants: Is Germany Lurching To the Right?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 31, 2018

Right-wing agitators are heating up the discussion about immigration in Germany and filling it with hate. Last week's resignation of national football player Mesut Özil over concerns about racism is spurring a necessary and emotional debate about social cohesion in the country. By Matthias Bartsch, Maik Baumgärtner, Anna Clauß, Georg Diez, Maximilian Popp and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more... Comment ]

Two Minutes of Happiness: A Failed Journey on the African Migrant Trail

Two Minutes of Happiness: A Failed Journey on the African Migrant Trail

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2018

Majid Diallo set off for Europe carrying the expectations of his friends, family and village. But he didn't make it. His story is one of struggle, imprisonment, several brushes with death -- and an excruciating return home. By Fritz Schaap and Sascha Montag (Photos) more... Comment ]


Culture War Over German Identity: Religious Symbols Take Center Stage

Culture War Over German Identity: Religious Symbols Take Center Stage

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 03, 2018

The Bavarians want crosses in public buildings, German Jews want to be able to wear kippas in public without being attacked and Muslims would like more understanding for the headscarf. Germany's search for identity has turned religious. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Germany and Immigration: The Changing Face of the Country

Germany and Immigration: The Changing Face of the Country

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 19, 2018

Many Germans feel foreign in their own country and are afraid that immigration is changing their homeland rapidly. Every fifth person in Germany comes from an immigration background and that number will continue to climb. What does that mean for the country? By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Left Behind: Tougher German Rules Leave Refugee Families in the Lurch

Left Behind: Tougher German Rules Leave Refugee Families in the Lurch

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 31, 2017

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed hundreds of thousands of men into the country, many of the refugees believed they would be able to bring their families later. Now the rules have changed, and countless women and children are trapped in perilous situations. By Katrin Elger and Asia Haidar more... Comment ]

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

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

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 09, 2017

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. By Claas Relotius more... Comment ]