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Welcome to Germany Part 1

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Program Director at Refugees on Rails, Nakeema Stefflbauer, talks with students during class. Berlin, August 10, 2016
Program Director at Refugees on Rails, Nakeema Stefflbauer, talks with students during class. Berlin, August 10, 2016 Christina Okello pour RFI

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under pressure to change course on refugees with the rise of anti-immigrant party AfD. But in the capital, Berlin, tolerance towards refugees remains unchanged, as an array of initiatives to welcome migrants spring up.

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Germany may be facing one of its biggest societal challenges in dealing with the arrival of over one million migrants but this hasn't dented Germans' enthusiasm for hosting them.

One way migrants are being integrated is through coding schools, like Refugee on Rails.

"Because I spent a lot of time in north Africa and the Middle East, I have a sense of what these individuals about," explains Nakeema Stefflbauer, the programme director of Refugees on Rails in Berlin.

"It's about envisioning and transforming where they are today, where they were, into what they can be."

In this first part of a series, RFI's Christina Okello meets with these refugee coders and the volunteers who are teaching them.

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