Experts think that around half of the refugees who have entered Germany in the last few years will end up staying permanently. That poses huge challenges, because integration can only succeed if migrants can also find qualified work.
The German economy needs immigration to keep growing, experts agree. But how should the government regulate the process to make things easy for qualified migrants to come to the country?
The bill aims to ease bureaucracy, support migrant integration and speed up deportations, among other measures. But it was not without controversy on the left, right and within Emmanuel Macron's governing LREM party.
Austria's far-right FPÖ is still adjusting to its new role in government, moderating its language but not its positions. The party's anti-immigrant stance still seems to resonate with many people in the country.
The head of Germany’s Central Council of Muslims has said anti-Semitism is sinful and must be tackled. His comments came after Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced concern about a "new phenomenon" of anti-Jewish sentiment.
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