The German town of Oerbke was given two days to convert a military barracks into a refugee shelter. Residents rose to the challenge; the center was inundated with donations and offers to help. Locals are pleased to welcome the new arrivals.
Alaa Houd came to Germany as a refugee in late 2014, when the massive influx of asylum seekers into Europe had not yet begun. Nearly three years later, he is not quite settled yet, but returning to Syria is impossible.
Asylum and immigration are topics dominating German politics since Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the borders to refugees in 2015. Where do the right-wing AfD and the mainstream parties stand on the issue?
Religious minorities in Russia often face persecution. A Russian pastor's family had to flee Sochi. Now they hope they can live in Germany.
Anxieties that some Syrian refugees in Germany have ties to radical organizations have surfaced in recent years. A German court sentenced one asylum-seeker for crimes committed in Syria.
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