Borders and belonging

October 21, 2016
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Berlin Wall remnant at Bernhardstrasse, where the wall once ran down the middle of a street
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Mary Kay Magistad

Few issues hit more of an emotional chord, or an emotional nerve than those around borders and belonging, immigration and identity. Bringing it home in this third of a three-episode series on these issues, host Mary Kay Magistad visits the lands of her ancestors — Ireland and Germany — and explores the ways in which they are wrestling with these issues — and have wrestled with them in the past.

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Borders, belonging, identity, immigration and refugees in Ireland and Germany

Trace your family tree back far enough, and you'll likely find an immigrant or a refugee. Even seemingly homogenous populations, like Ireland's, have had plenty of them over time, coming in and going out. Germany is now integrating almost a million refugees who have come in over the past year. In the face of such changes, how do people in each country consider, expand or defend their identities?

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