People from around the world flee their homes in search of safety across international borders. Upon reaching safety, they often apply for asylum to receive the protection that comes with refugee status.
International law calls refugees people who have left their homes out of a well-founded fear for their lives, well-being or freedom because of violence or conflict. Fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular group are also considered valid grounds for people to seek refuge in foreign countries. This is an automatically generated compilation of DW's content on refugees.
Unwanted immigrants in Japan who have been denied asylum end up in prolonged detention — often for years. Some are so desperate that they resort to hunger strikes. There also have been cases of suicide. Sometimes, detainees are temporarily released — but they never know when they'll be detained again. Kathrin Erdmann spoke to several detainees and was granted access to a detention center.
The humanitarian situation in Syria has become even more dire following a sharp escalation in hostilities in December. More than three million civilians are trapped in a war zone in the northwest of the country. Tents in makeshift refugee camps are often pitched on muddy ground. There are no heaters. Now one young Syrian has invented a special kind of oven which uses pistachio shells as fuel.