A contingent seeks asylum

ARD radiofeature May 2014. 55 Minutes. By Thilo Guschas.

Producer: Joachim Dicks, NDR. Director: Nikolai von Koslowski.

Photo: Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung
Photo: Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung

A contingent seeks asylum.

The married couple R. fled from Aleppo with their five children. The family had stayed in Lebanon for one year before they were allowed to enter Germany. 10,000 Syrians will be given asylum in German. By far not enough, criticizes the Protestant Church and demands the limit needs to be raised to 100,000 refugees. In contrast to people who are still in the process of applying for asylum, the contingent refugees immediately have access to language classes and are given a work permit. Critics call them ‚first-class refugees.‘


Many Syrian people who have not succeeded to join the contingent try to get to Germany with the help of smugglers – if they can afford it. Often they have to pay a five-digit Euro amount. Some pay with their lifes. In many cases it is not enough to simply enter Germany. Again and again Syrian people like Samir are transfered to EU countries that treat refugees in a poor way. The Germans react differently to the war refugees. Many people offer help and show solidarity. At the same time, populists address xenophobia. Protestors in Leipzig demand that Germany should not take any more refugees. The author meets the R family before their departure in Beirut and accompanies their efforts to settle down in the German exile.