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European Journal

Germany / Greece: Searching For Family Members

More and more refugee families are being split apart when they get to Europe. The Red Cross is trying to help, but it's a daunting task. It can sometimes take months, even years, to re-unite families. Normally, refugees must apply for asylum in the European country where they first arrived -- as outlined in the "Dublin II" EU agreement.

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But most of the refugee camps in Greece and Italy are overflowing -- and refugees there often risk being deported. Some try to move illegaly to other EU countries, and to apply for asylum there. But there's no guarantee that their applications will be approved, or whether family members still in their home country will be able to join them.