Crossroads Stories – Mediterranean
More than two million people have crossed the Mediterranean in recent years, many fleeing war and persecution. Thousands have died trying to cross. Germany has granted asylum to more refugees than any other country in the European Union. Despite heated political debate, Germans have created organizations to help newcomers find jobs and integrate into the community.
Lampedusa, Italy’s southernmost island, has become a destination for refugees. Photo by Valentina Pop/Financial Times
Photo by Luca Siragusa/Creative Commons
Migrants brave a harrowing crossing to reach the island of Lampedusa, 2011. Photo by photofilippo66/Shutterstock.com
A Muslim family walks down the street in Munich, Germany, 2016. New Muslim refugees are joining German Muslims, some of whose ancestors settled in the country generations ago. Photo by franz12/Shutterstock.com
“Just how large exactly does the cemetery on my island need to be?”
—Giusi Nicolini, Mayor of Lampedusa, in an open letter to the European Union in 2012 after dozens of migrants drowned trying to reach the island