The UN refugee agency says the number of people seeking asylum in the EU will rise. 1.5 Million people are expected to flee to Europe this year and next. In Germany, the issue is affecting political debate. Surveys show that attitudes are changing.
Two years ago, tens of thousands of refugees crossed the Austrian border into Germany. DW's Nina Haase and Sumi Somaskanda traveled to the border region and asked if the newcomers feel welcome today.
Just weeks after a spate of attacks in Kabul forced Germany to halt deportations to Afghanistan, plans for more flights are reportedly afoot. Failed Afghan asylum-seekers could be forced home as early as next week.
What does the word "German" mean to people? It's a popular debate topic in the country. Now Chancellor Angela Merkel has put forth her own answer. It's a typical Merkel-style response, says DW Editor-in-Chief Ines Pohl.
Refugees have made headlines in Europe for the last two years. But the debate is endless because it avoids all the uncomfortable issues. To the satisfaction of those who profit from human misery.
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