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People and Politics

Refugee Policies after the Lampedusa Disaster

Pope Francis called it a "day of tears." Last week, the shipwreck of an overcrowded boat full of refugees off the Italian island of Lampedusa cost more than 100 people their lives.

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German President Joachim Gauck has said more needs to be done to protect refugees, and that has stirred up a debate about German policies toward those seeking protection from political persecution or simply a better life for themselves.