BERLIN, 13 November 2018 – An initiative launched by UNICEF and the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, to support refugees in accommodation centres, has made considerable progress towards protecting the rights of vulnerable children.
An estimated half a million refugee children and adolescents have applied for asylum in Germany since 2015. These children and adolescents often stay in accommodation centres for significant periods of time, although the centres do not provide adequate long-term shelter, protection or other basic services.
Activists are concerned that a shortage of housing in Germany is hindering refugee integration
By Morgan Meaker
MUNICH, Oct 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Firas swapped civil war in Syria for a chaotic refugee camp in Germany. Now he wants a home.
Since January 2016, the 28-year-old graduate has lived in three different refugee camps in Germany's southern Bavarian region and is now worn out and sick of night-long noise.
How a Syrian drama student found himself performing on stage in Verdi’s ‘Don Carlos’.
By Josie Le Blond in Nottuln, Germany | 19 October 2018
Koutaiba Al Rahmoon tap-dances across the stage in cut-off trousers and a kitsch Christmas jumper. The Syrian drama student had never performed before coming to Europe. Four years later, he’s perfectly at home in the wacky world of modern German opera.
Andreas Hollstein and his town of Altena are the Europe finalists for UNHCR’s annual Nansen Award.
By Josie Le Blond in Altena, Germany | 10 September 2018
Mayor Andreas Hollstein sees refugees as a benefit for his community and when unprecedented numbers arrived in Europe seeking safety, he volunteered to take more than his town’s fair share.
By Sybille Fleischmann, Project Lead, NetHope – Project Reconnect
“I am an Iraqi refugee, in Germany for two years and seven months. I regularly joined the study group (using Chromebooks at the library) in Bogenhausen, and was able to complete my language tests and the integration course. The language training at the computer was very useful for me.”
— Samer, refugee, Chromebook user
Terrified that he would be recruited into the army, Numeir fled his home in Syria when he was just 15 years old.
By Chris Melzer in Lensahn, Germany
Loneliness is an emotion many teenagers feel. But Numeir has felt it more than most.
Terrified that he would be recruited into the army, he fled his home in Syria when he was just 15 years old. Saying farewell to his family – including his four-year-old sister Anmar who was crying and begging him not to go – left him feeling more alone than ever.
"Conscious of their responsibility before God and man, inspired by the determination to promote world peace as an equal partner in a united Europe … Basic Constitutional Law for the Federal Republic of Germany
Berlin – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and representatives of the German Government joined a roundtable yesterday (31/05) to commemorate nearly 40 years of cooperation, to share information on assisted voluntary return programmes in host countries and to discuss support possibilities for reintegration in the countries of origin.
(May 24, 2018 – New York) Ambassador Ulrich Seidenberger of Germany announced his government’s endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration on May 22, at a reception in Geneva hosted by Ambassador Brattskar of Norway and Ambassador Foradori of Argentina, to mark three years since their governments launched the political commitment to protect education in armed conflict, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack.
Refugees in Germany are transforming discarded lifeboats into designer bags.
The scratches and stains on the thick rubber material in the hands of tailor Abid Ali are reminders of the fabric’s traumatic past, one that he is all too familiar with. The 35-year-old Pakistani is stitching part of a discarded dinghy used by refugees into designer bags in a Berlin workshop.
Germany is still grappling with the integration of its migrants, many of whom fled war or conflict in the Middle East
BERLIN, May 3 (Reuters) - German police launched a raid on a migrant shelter on Thursday where three days ago 150 asylum seekers clashed with police and prevented the deportation of a 23-year-old man from Togo.
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Baghdad – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the Government of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) this week agreed to intensify collaboration to support sustainable reintegration of Iraqi migrants in their home communities in Iraq, after returning from Germany and other European countries.
Certificates of recognition will be annulled where necessary
BERLIN, April 26 (Reuters) - Germany will review thousands of political asylum decisions, a senior official said on Thursday, as prosecutors investigate an official suspected of approving applications by people who did not qualify.
In the eighth year of war in Syria, an entire generation is at risk of growing up without prospects. To prevent this, Germany is financing degree courses at German universities for more than 200 talented young Syrians
By Josie Le Blond
Free coding and digital courses enable newcomers to brush up computer knowledge and join growing network of women working in technology.
Syrian civil engineer Anan Jakich risked her life to bring her family to safety. Now a refugee in Germany, she has joined a community of women newcomers rebuilding their lives through a shared love of technology
The new German Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, seeks to introduce new restrictions on who can bring family members to Germany and which family members they can bring. A contentious point during talks to build the government coalition-between the Christian Democrat Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democrats (SDP) – the issue returns to the forefront.
Jessica Sadye Wolff
The new AIDA Country Report on Germany details developments in asylum procedure, reception conditions, detention and content of international protection throughout 2017.
Many of the failed applicants who can't be repatriated are from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia
BERLIN, March 26 (Reuters) - The number of failed asylum seekers who could not be repatriated from Germany because they lack valid documents jumped 71 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year, the interior ministry said on Monday.
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By Theresa Ritzer, Project Reconnect
On the ground floor of the refugee welcome center in Potsdam, Germany, a small internet café invites residents to research or study online. The nonprofit organization, Refugees Emancipation, has installed internet access and equipped the welcome center, a big residential facility where refugees live when they first arrive in Germany, with Google Chromebooks received through Project Reconnect.