Compared to the rest of Germany, the economy in the former East Germany has struggled. In the small village of Golzow, the population had shrunk to the point where authorities were considering closing the village's only elementary school. That's when the town mayor invited Syrian refugee families to move in.
Sponsors are ordinary Canadian citizens committed to do everything they can to help resettle the refugees — from providing financial support to offering practical support, like helping with groceries, doctor’s appointments and English lessons.
President Obama is falling short on his pledge to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of September. But some Syrians have already been granted visas and are living here, not as refugees, but as visiting professors.
Waves of Syrian migrants coming to Europe are part of a much larger movement of people on the move. Economic migrants, refugees and asylum seekers have been flowing toward Europe in increasing numbers for years.
Hungary is doing its best to prevent refugees and migrants from the Middle East and beyond from entering its territory. Yet thousands of people are still on the move. So many are seeking routes around Hungary. One stop is the border between Serbia and Croatia.
Cartoons published by Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine, are riffing off the heartbreaking image of Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi lying face down in the sand and it's provoking reaction online. Here's what's behind the controversy.