Since early June, a Lutheran church in Hamburg has been sheltering 80 African refugees. Numerous volunteers have been caring for them and supporting them as long as their future remains uncertain. A former DJ and bouncer is protecting them.
Germany's Cabinet wants to add three Maghreb states and Georgia to a list of "safe countries of origin." But will the change pass Germany's upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, where it failed last year?
German churches used their asylum agreement with the government to protect nearly 500 people from deportation in the first quarter of 2018. The far-right AfD is currently criticizing humanitarian actions by churches.
The scandal over alleged wrongdoing at the BAMF German immigration office in Bremen has put the German asylum system under renewed scrutiny. DW has some statistical context.
Berlin's Office for Refugee Affairs has invited in media to show how things have changed since Germany opened its doors to asylum-seekers in 2015. Experts on the tour criticized the government's new anchor center plans.
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