Could the climate asylum claims by one man in New Zealand set a precedent for millions more -- Syrian refugees fleeing across the Mediterranean Sea -- Countering human trafficking in Thailand -- Bhutan, the world's least succesful soccer team, is holding on to hope.
Producer: Anke Rasper
The Arab Spring has not just toppled dictatorships, it also altered migration patterns for those trying to get to Europe via North Africa - including many refugees from the ongoing civil war in Syria. Neigboring countries already host more than 2 million Syrians, and they have problems accomodating more. Now many Syrians try to reach Europe by boat - a precarious journey.
A man from Kiribati, an island nation threatened by rising sea levels, applied for asylum in New Zealand. It is the first ever case of someone applying for asylum using climate change as the reason. Millions of people are expected to migrate in the next decades because of climate change - and their legal status so far is unclear. Envrionmental Lawyer Hermann Ott talks to DW about the case.
American evangelical groups have positioned themselves as being at the forefront of the fight against human trafficking. They’ve effectively shifted the public’s perspective on trafficking to the sex trade, away from other instances of forced labor. That has led to the criminalization of sex work in countries like Thailand - even in situations where no trafficking is involved.
The small kingdom of Bhutan has the dubious distinction of having the world's worst football team. Having recently scored 0 points in the South Asian Football Federation's Cup, Bhutan holds a steady position at the bottom of the FIFA ranking of football playing nations. But fans in Bhutan love the game and their lack of success has not stopped them from hoping for a more glamourous futurel.