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.
Every Monday and Wednesday afternoon, the Serlo Lab School in Munich opens its doors to students from the neighborhood. There, experienced educators and teachers-in-training offer free math tutoring to high school students who need extra practice. Among these students are young refugees, who use the opportunity to catch up on topics that were not covered in their schools back home, or that they may have missed during migration. All students use Google Chromebooks, donated by Project Reconnect, and online content and exercises from the learning platform Serlo.org.
As thousands of refugees streamed into Berlin, they strained the health care system. Rotarian and physician Pia Skarabis-Querfeld spent the last three years building a network of volunteer doctors to help those in need.
By Rhea Wessel Produced by Andrew Chudzinski
On the nightly news and around her city, Pia Skarabis-Querfeld saw the refugees arriving in Berlin after fleeing war, persecution, and poverty in their home countries.
By Josie Le Blond
POTSDAM, Germany - English teacher Alaa Kassab believes her education saved her life and, after she arrived in Germany as a refugee from Syria, she was keen to get back into the classroom to pass on her language skills to the next generation.
Thanks to a pilot scheme aimed at preparing newly arrived teachers for jobs in German schools, she is once more in front of a class.