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Refugee workers urge Germany to learn from past mistakes

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WELCOME. Refugees react to the welcome greetings of Munich’s residents after their arrival at the main train station in Munich, southern Germany, on September 05, 2015. Hundreds of refugees arrived in Germany on September 5, 2015 coming from Hungary and Austria. Photo by Christof Stache/AFP
No-one, including Merkel, has pretended that taking in 1.1 million asylum-seekers last year alone would be easy

COLOGNE, Germany (Jan. 11, 2016) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mantra on Germany’s record migrant influx has been “we can do it”, which Cologne refugee worker Behshid Najafi heartily agrees with – but would add a qualifying “if.”

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Migrants in Germany fear backlash after sex assaults

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MIGRANT WALK. Recently arrived refugees head to accommodation from the main station in Munich, Germany, September 12, 2015. Photo by Andreas Gebert/EPA
The city’s ugly mob violence has inflamed public opinion already strained by the influx of a record 1.1 million refugees and irregular migrants last year

COLOGNE, Germany (Jan. 9, 2016) — When asylum seeker Asim Vllaznim heard about the New Year’s Eve spate of sexual attacks in Germany, blamed on a crowd of migrants, he says his heart fell.

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