Karl Kopp, spokesman for Europe for human rights group Pro Asyl, says Europe's treatment of refugees is scandalous. He wants Europe to disarm at its external borders and grant asylum to those in need.
Markus Ferber, a European parliamentarian from Bavaria's conservative Christian Social Union, says economic migrants who arrive in Europe illegally must be returned to their home countries.
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Immigrants have traditionally had a tough time when trying to launch professional careers in Germany. But thanks to globalization, their prospects are drastically improving.
Amid Spain's economic crisis, many illegal immigrants want to return to Africa, but lack the means to get home.
Even Germans with an immigrant background have to cope with the threat of racism. Foreign names or physical attribute can be enough to lead to discrimination at work and in public.