Anyone seeking ayslum in Germany must go through a complicated bureaucratic process. But now the North German district of Harburg is trying to make asylum seekers' life a bit easier, helping them find work as a first step towards integration.
Seven holding and processing centers have begun operations in Bavaria. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer hopes to bundle and accelerate asylum procedures, but critics say they will create more problems, not fewer.
Michel Abdollahi, Idil Baydar and Y'akoto have all experienced racism and xenophobia — despite calling Germany their home. The artists hope that the #MeTwo debate will change hearts and minds when it comes to identity.
More than half of Germans surveyed in a monthly poll classify racism as a major social ill. At the same time, those polled say social issues are more important than asylum and refugee questions.
Swastikas have been daubed at the spot where a Syrian child was killed in an accident in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Local politicians condemned the graffiti, which is being investigated by police.
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