Mother fleeing to Germany from Syria gives face to asylum debate

January 15, 2015 10:13 PM

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Nuhad al-Suki, a refugee who fled war-torn Syria, has done her best to turn a classroom in a former high school in Berlin into a home for her husband and two daughters. Suki has hung curtains, photographs of friends and large drapes from the ceiling to give the small room the homey feel of a studio apartment. The family arrived in Germany last July a day after the nation’s football team won the World Cup. “A happy day,” she says.

The Sukis are part of the biggest wave of refugees, mainly from the Middle East and Africa, to enter Germany in at least two decades. The influx last year of more than 200,000 asylum seekers has tested the limits of Germany’s generosity by straining budgets, crowding shelters and ultimately spurring...

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