Alassa Mfouapon may not be the first refugee to become a convenient scapegoat for anti-immigration groups in Germany, but the 31-year-old from Cameroon is the first to take them to court—and win, recent ICWA fellow Emily Schultheis (Germany, 2019-2021) writes in The New York Times.

“In the process, he has emerged as an ideological lightning rod in the debate over refugee politics in Germany,” she writes, “his journey highlighting the disconnect between the country’s image on refugee issues and the reality for many of those who seek asylum here.”


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Photo: German refugee camp, 2015 (Kalispera Dell, Wikimedia Commons)