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Asylum and Migration

Economic globalization has spurred unprecedented global migration as streams of people leave developing nations for opportunities in developed countries. Economic pressures, political upheaval, ethnic conflict and discrimination are some of the issues facing the millions who seek better lives abroad.

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A New Wave of Refugees? Idlib Violence Puts Pressure on EU-Turkey Pact

With Russia and Iran joining the Syrian regime in pounding the population of Idlib in northern Syria, a new wave of refugees is heading for Turkey. Ankara has signaled that it may mark the end of the Turkish-EU refugee pact. Von Melanie Amann, Giorgos Christides, Steffen Lüdke, Peter Müller und Maximilian Popp
3. Januar 2020, 18:36 Uhr

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

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. Von Katrin Elger und Asia Haidar
3. Juli 2019, 17:09 Uhr

A Migration Nightmare Why Germany's Deportation System Is Failing Everyone

As Germany tries to crack down on rejected asylum-seekers and criminal refugees, its civil servants are constrained by the limits of a dysfunctional system. Whether refugee, police officer or office clerk, almost everyone involved has something to complain about. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
12. März 2019, 12:37 Uhr

A .38-Caliber Rosary The Dangerous New Face of Salvini's Italy

Shots fired at foreigners, assaults on minorities, neo-fascist marches: Italy's extreme right wing feels emboldened by the country's new leadership. Many are pointing fingers at Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. But is he to blame? Von Walter Mayr
12. Dezember 2018, 13:55 Uhr

Distressed Are Ships in the Med Ignoring Refugees in Distress?

Migrants are still trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean. But ever since Italy has closed its ports to ships that have saved refugees from the waves, there are indications that some captains have grown more willing to sail on by without helping. Von Raphael Thelen
21. November 2018, 16:46 Uhr

Fifty-Six Days of Separation The Scars Left Behind by U.S. Migration Policy

A mother and her six-year-old son fled to Texas from the violence in their homeland of Honduras. When they arrived, young Samir was ripped out of his mother's arms. Two months later, they found each other again, but something had changed. Von Marian Blasberg, Katrin Kuntz und Christoph Scheuermann
11. September 2018, 13:06 Uhr

A Matter of Survival How to Humanely Solve Europe's Migration Crisis

Few topics have been as divisive in Europe as the question of what to do with the flood of migrants arriving on the shores of the Mediterranean. But a moral solution is possible. DER SPIEGEL spoke with experts about how it can be found. Von Nicola Abé, Katrin Elger und Fritz Schaap
6. September 2018, 17:32 Uhr