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  • The European Union is facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II. Since war in Syria

  • broke out four years ago, more than 4 million refugees have fled the country. Thousands

  • more are fleeing conflict African nations like Nigeria and Mali. For many migrants,

  • the final destination is Europe, specifically Germany. So why are refugees heading to Germany

  • and what is life really like for them when they get there? Well, while many other EU

  • nations have remained reluctant to take in asylum seekers, German Chancellor Angela Merkel

  • has welcomed them. Germany is one of the top choices for migrant settlers as the wealthy

  • nation offers an unparalleled refugee package with free housing, schooling and strong job

  • prospects. As such, it’s expected that up to 800,000 refugees will arrive in Germany

  • this year -- that’s four times more than in 2014. But getting there is not easy. Syrian

  • refugees have to travel more than 2,000 miles, crossing up to 9 borders to reach Germany.

  • African asylum seekers face an even longer more hazardous journey.Those who do make it

  • to Germany, have to register as an asylum seeker with the State Office of Health and

  • Social Affairs. The line is long and hectic and many refugees are unsure of the process,

  • but as one Syrian woman in Berlin put it, “I am so happy to finally be in Germany.

  • I do not care how long the registration takes... And I hope that in the near future I can start

  • working here in the city until the war in Syria is over.” Once registered, refugees

  • are dispersed across Germany’s 16 federal states, housed in asylum centers, which are

  • kind of like college dorms, often with families of 5 to one room who share common spaces with

  • others. But these centers are overcrowded, and some live in tents. Thankfully, the German

  • people have been welcoming and dozens of charities designed to help refugees have sprung up.

  • Charities like Refugees Welcome help refugees find private accommodation if they can’t

  • find rooms in crowded migrant housing. Germany’s workforce has also welcomed refugees. Many

  • companies see the influx of people as an opportunity to fill the shortfall of skilled workers,

  • which is set to worsen due to Germany’s aging population. Recent figures show that

  • foreign workers - refugees included - generate around 22 billion euros in tax revenue per

  • year for Germany, a figure that the government hopes will continue to grow. However, not

  • everyone has been hospitable. Protests, and attacks on asylum centers are a problem -- according

  • to German Police there have been at least 200 incidents in 2015 so far. Some refugee

  • homes have even been burned. This tension is a concern particularly as some Germans

  • wonder if the country’s infrastructure is really prepared for the sudden influx of people.

  • Experts have commented that charities are helping to fill the gaps in aid and organization

  • that the government is failing to cope with. One charity organizer thinks the government

  • isn’t doing enough on the ground sayingThis is an utter failure from the state.

  • We are practically doing the job of the statewith our own money and in our own free

  • time.” Others blame the EU as a whole. Check out

  • this episode on our sister channel TTN to examine if The EU is really To Blame For The

  • Migrant Crisis. Thanks for watching. And if you haven’t already, please subscribe.

The European Union is facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II. Since war in Syria

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What Is Life Really Like For Refugees In Germany?

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    Kevin Hou posted on 2017/01/18
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