German authorities have cut down on asylum permits for refugees who've been housed at churches and monasteries. In 2016, 80 percent got permits; 2019 it was just 1.4 percent. We'll talk to some refugees who are staying at a monastery in Bavaria.
A new report has found that 22 branches of Germany's federal migration office have asylum approval rates vastly below the national average. Critics say a lack of oversight and transparency has exacerbated the problem.
The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) turned down most of the church asylum cases in the first four months of 2019, according to media reports. Humanitarian groups have criticized the rejections as harsh.
Mary, from Ghana, has neither residency documents nor health insurance, meaning she and her unborn baby are at risk. Many undocumented women in Germany delay medical procedures because they fear deportation.
Medics from the two countries' militaries are undertaking "Combined Aid 2019," to respond to a staged cholera outbreak in Bavaria. The exercise is the first of its kind for Chinese medics in Europe.
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