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Barriers to housing leave asylum seekers in Germany isolated, not integrated

 BISS - Germany 29 February 2019

Shakir Afride fled Peshawar, on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, after he received death threats from the Taliban. He now sells BISS in Munich. But like hundreds of asylum seekers in the city, and across Germany, finding a permanent place to live was another battle for Afride. Trapped in collective housing units, many are finding it difficult to integrate and learn the local language. BISS spoke to Afride about his struggles to finally move into his own apartment, and to others who have not shared his good fortune. (1729 Words) - By Mauritius Much

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Every day, Shakir Afride sells BISS at the Pasing train station.Photo: Daniel Delang

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Shakir Afride might still have a bit of trouble with the Munich city map, but he is happy living in Munich and feels at home in his apartment in Berg am Laim.Photo: Daniel Delang

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The book Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini tells of a childhood in Kabul.Photo: Daniel Delang

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Shakir Afride’s new apartment.Photo: Daniel Delang

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In his apartment Shakir Afride can pray in peace...Photo: Daniel Delang

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...and study German undisturbed.Photo: Daniel Delang

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A touch of decoration – the living room table.Photo: Daniel Delang

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Finally, a kitchen of one’s own.Photo: Daniel Delang


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