Yermi Brenner

Writer, Editor, and Filmmaker in Berlin, Germany

I am a journalist covering migration and identity issues in the German society and throughout the European Union. My articles and video stories have been published by Al Jazeera English, CNNi, PRI, and other news media.

I am a migrant, a son of a migrant, a grandson of a refugee, and a great-grandson of people who needed asylum but were denied. I am drawn to reporting on migration-integration stories because these topics are globally important and relevant to my past, present and future.

Over 232 million people (3.2 percent of the world’s population) are living outside their country of origin. In Europe, the share of migrants in total population has grown from seven per cent in 1990, to 10 per cent in 2013. Germany, my adopted home, has seen a record influx of asylum seekers; some arrive at welcoming environments, but others land in places where anti-foreigner sentiments are rising.

The goal of my reporting is to highlight migration-integration issues, and provide you with an intimate look into the lives of migrants and refugees.