Ismail K. (left) immigrated to Germany in 1989 from a tiny village in eastern Turkey. He moved into a small town near Limburg an der Lahn in the western state of Hesse, where he married a woman from his village who had followed him to Germany. After years of running a successful pizza company, his business failed. He and his family, with six children, have lived off welfare payments for him and his wife, Imhan, who also works as a cleaner for a temp agency and speaks practically no German after living in the country for over two decades.

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