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Elisabeth Waller

"So I haven't seen her since the hospital, because I was away. So now I am back and I am very excited to see the baby today."

Elisabeth Waller volunteers with the Auntie Teams for Pregnant Refugee Women; an American initiative in cooperation with the Malteser Hilfsdienst. We are on our way to visit Maryam, her husband Javad and their newborn baby Elena.

Monika Müller-Kroll for NPR Berlin

Khatol Sediq from the NGO Malteser Hilfsdienst sees integration as a two-way street.

She believes that people from different cultures can understand each other and also respect their differences. She says it's great to get to know other cultures and to share your own culture and values.

Molly Brown for NPR Berlin

Dr. Bettina Gaber is pretty busy this Monday afternoon. Every chair in the waiting room of her practice for gynecology and obstetrics is taken. Still, Dr. Gaber takes her time with a young woman from Afghanistan. She wants to remain anonymous - we'll call her Malia. Malia is expecting her third child.

M. Rentsch/UNHCR

“Germany provided very strong leadership and took principled and very practical measures and was very coherent in its approach to asylum seekers and refugees arriving in Europe in 2015 and 2016.”

Katharina Lumpp has been assisting and protecting refugees for more than 20 years. Since December 2015, she is the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Germany. Apart from showing leadership, says Lumpp, Germany is also...

The Scramble To Find Refugee Housing

Nov 17, 2015
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Tens of thousands of asylum seekers have made their way into Germany in recent weeks. For those who reach Berlin, one of the first stops is the Office for Health and Social Affairs.

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