This semester, we had Kaffee und Kuchen just like every year. However, this time, we had a guest speaker. German author Michael Kleeberg came to read an excerpt from his most recent publication. This publication deals with the life of a recent refugee who has come to Berlin. The specific excerpt dealt with the refugee losing his coat, which had all of his identification items.
This piece got me thinking about the situation in Germany. First of all, so much can be lost if one thing goes wrong. If a refugee loses their papers and identification, they have no way to prove that they are there legally. Unless something appears that proves that they are legally residing in Germany, they could be jailed, or even deported.
Furthermore, the refugee situation in Germany has become increasingly less and less reported about by the U.S. media. This topic is still relevant. In fact, with the recent rise of populist parties like the Alternative für Deutschland, the topic of German refugees is becoming increasingly important. Far-right parties like the AFD do not want immigrants coming into Germany. This becomes an even larger topic when many of the incoming refugees are Muslims. The AFD is vehemently Islamophobic, with a portion of their party manifesto called “Islam does not belong in Germany.”
This issue is not only an explicitly German issue, as populism is on the rise throughout Europe. Some countries have already taken measures to block the entrance of refugees. It is vital that people keep a close eye on this, as the situation appears to be becoming more and more volatile.