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The Living Conditions of Asylum Seekers in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, During the Migrant Crisis in 2015/2016

Heeke, Laura (2017) The Living Conditions of Asylum Seekers in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, During the Migrant Crisis in 2015/2016.

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Abstract:Rising political tensions, poverty and war have led to an increase of people fleeing from their home countries in the years 2015 and 2016. The effect has also been felt in Europe and especially in Germany as the number of asylum seekers and refugees skyrocketed. The result was that all of the sudden, the communities in Germany had to provide for a high number of asylum seekers. This thesis will try to analyse if and in how far the living conditions these asylum seekers faced upon their arrival were up to par with the policies on living conditions set by the European Union, the German state and the federal state. The state of North Rhine- Westphalia will serve as the example. To achieve this, interviews with representatives of the communities and a non-governmental organization were taken to compare the reality of housing conditions, health conditions and education possibilities with the policy standards. The result is that the situation is a work in progress in all three aspects, whereas not all policies, particularly not in the area of education, were fulfilled, but the communities, especially with the help of volunteers, tried to take slow steps into the direction of fulfillment.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72367
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