Since 2015 nearly 1.5 million people have sought asylum in Germany. They want to integrate and work. But their lives are often overshadowed by fear for family members who have stayed behind, language problems, and stress with German authorities.
A new study has found that although many refugees find work, most are in temporary positions. Researchers say that bureaucratic hurdles are just as much a hindrance as personal shortcomings.
Inhabitants of Fürstenfeldbruck, a refugee processing center near Munich, told DW of overcrowding, filth and bureaucratic limbo, leading to at least one suicide attempt. Bavarian officials say conditions are adequate.
In Bavaria, one model "reception center" is home to more than 1,300 asylum-seekers. Directors say the barbed-wire enclosure and lack of privacy are for "safety" and efficiency. One resident says "it's a wasted life."
Germany has a "key-point" plan for a new immigration law to fill its desperate shortage of skilled workers. But what will the proposed law entail – and how will it compare to systems in other countries?
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