German Quota System Highlights Possible Path and Pitfalls for Handling Crisis

September 7, 2015 12:08 AM

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German Quota System Highlights Possible Path and Pitfalls for Handling Crisis

MUNICH — Rania al-Hamawi had gone to sleep on Saturday on a clean, bright blue cot alongside her three sons and another 1,700 people who had made the arduous journey to the Bavarian capital from Syria and other strife-ridden countries. But when she woke on Sunday, half the beds in the cavernous conference center-turned-migration camp were empty.

Throughout the night and into the morning, a well-oiled German bureaucratic machine had been at work moving the new arrivals from Bavaria to cities across the country: Some 1,500 to Dortmund, 650 to Braunschweig, and 470 to Saalfeld, among others.

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