Duesseldorf's "Maghreb Quarter" — named for the region that includes Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco --€” is home to many North African restaurants and shops. Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Cuban migrants prepare to board a flight from Costa Rice to El Salvador on Jan. 12. This was the first of up to 28 flights out of Costa Rica that will allow nearly 8,000 stranded Cubans to continue their journey to the United States. CARLOS GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Berlin, the Rev. Gottfried Martens lights a candle during a service to baptize Iranians in the Trinity Church. Iranian and Afghan converts make up most of the 900-member congregation. Markus Schreiber/AP hide caption

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For Some Muslim Asylum-Seekers In Germany, Christianity Beckons

Some Muslim migrants from Afghanistan and Iran are converting to Christianity in Germany. Skeptics claim it is a ploy to gain asylum.

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Asylum-seekers gather outside a camp on the island of Lesbos where they're supposed to be screened quickly. But sometimes the wait can last days. Jodi Hilton hide caption

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Shukri al-Assoli has settled for now in Athens, where he shares an apartment with another Palestinian migrant in a working-class neighborhood. Giannis Pazios for NPR hide caption

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Doro Steffansson, a political scientist from Germany, has joined the volunteer group No Borders, which has set up camp in the forest and been cooking for migrants in Slovenia. She tracks the flow of more than 50,000 migrants across the Croatia-Slovenia border. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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This video grab made on early September shows a Hungarian TV camerawoman kicking a child as she runs with other migrants from a police line during disturbances at Röszke, southern Hungary. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Kiron University, geared to refugees and displaced people, offers two years of online study toward a bachelor's degree. Students complete the degree at partner universities. Via Kiron University hide caption

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Mustafa Abdul Saleh (at right front), a 20-year-old Kurd from Syria, confers with a Kurdish interpreter (left), during his trial in Szeged, Hungary. Saleh passed through a hole in the razor wire fence that Hungary has built on its border with Serbia. Breaching the fence is a criminal offense, and Saleh was expelled from Hungary and ordered back into Serbia. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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About 20 people wave anti-immigrant placards and flags at a Jobbik rally last Tuesday in Szentgotthárd, a rural factory town near Hungary's border with Austria. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Andris Roder (left) and Adam Finding, cooks at the Kisuzem restaurant in Budapest, prepare a traditional Eritrean meal of injera bread, chickpea paste and meat stew. Their restaurant served up Eritrean food all week for a food festival in solidarity with migrants and refugees streaming into Hungary. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Migrants arriving in Hungary from Croatia are offered water by volunteers in a resting zone near the border. Offers of food and water are permitted, but some other forms of help are restricted by Hungarian law. Tamas Soki/EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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Pakistani border guards stopped Afghan refugees from entering in late 2000. Authorities closed the border to stop the influx of refugees into Pakistan, which was already hosting millions of displaced Afghans. HAIDER SHAH/AP hide caption

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A refugee boy plays a violin as hundreds of migrants are blocked from marching down a highway toward Turkey's western border with Greece and Bulgaria on Saturday. Turkey has some 2 million refugees, mostly from Syria, but says they will not be allowed to settle permanently in the country. Emrah Gurel/AP hide caption

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Wilfried Block, the mayor of Friedland, in northeastern Germany, says his shrinking town needs migrants to revitalize the economy. Much of Europe faces a demographic challenge, with retirees on the rise and young workers in decline. Analysts say migrants could be the source of young workers that Europe needs. Esme Nicholson for NPR hide caption

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Selma Halik, holding her 2-year-old daughter Amara at a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, says much of her family was wiped out by ISIS. She doesn't want her daughter to see the things she's seen. Peter Kenyon/NPR hide caption

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Refugees and migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos enjoy the sea. Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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For Syrian Migrants, Many Reasons To Leave Turkey For Europe

Migrants in Turkey are increasingly worried about their prospects of settling in Europe. Many vow to keep going, despite the uncertainty and risk.

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Former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany and wife Klara Dobrev (at top right) host breakfast for migrants at their home in Budapest. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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A migrant family stands at the border in Roszke, Hungary, after Hungarian police officers closed access between Serbia and Hungary on Monday. Matthias Schrader/AP hide caption

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As Hungary Seals Its Borders, A Rush To Make It Across

A military operation closed Hungary's borders Monday. With other countries also tightening restrictions, refugees wonder where they'll end up.

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