Passau, the Lampedusa of Germany

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German City by the Danube Is Tested by a Different Kind of Flood

From The New York Times, November 8th, 2015:

Passau has 50,000 inhabitants, 48 churches and four local beers. These days it also has 35,000 migrants coming through each week. Faced with this relentless flow, the city has come to embody not just a steadfast German welcome, but the public concerns that have put state officials in outspoken conflict with the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Katrin Benhold

The article shows how the border city is coping with having become, in the mayor’s words, the “Lampedusa of Germany.” Read the full article at

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