Many female refugees find it difficult to integrate in Germany because they cannot read. They lead isolated lives with catastrophic consequences for their children too.
Many media outlets tend to assume that Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policies have divided the country. But two new studies about the general mood in German society are calling for a closer look.
Despite gloomy headlines about the asylum policy debate, a majority view life with their immigrant and non-immigrant neighbors positively. The study still noted an East-West split, as well as a divide on headscarves.
For the first time, the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party is polling ahead of the Social Democrats. The country's political establishment must remain calm and show strength, says DW's Jens Thurau.
Members of Angela Merkel's conservatives say a year of community service would help integrate refugees. The proposal comes against the backdrop of a larger debate about reinstating mandatory service for Germans.
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