Yermi Brenner

Writer and Editor in Berlin, Germany

I am a journalist reporting on the lives of migrants, refugees and minorities in Germany and throughout the European Union. My articles and video stories have been published by Al Jazeera English, CNNi, PRI, and other news media. I use Twitter to aggregate migration knowledge.

I was born on an Israeli kibbutz to an American immigrant. My grandparents were refugees desperately and my great-grandparents desperately needed asylum but did not get it. I am drawn to reporting on migration issues because these topics are globally important and because they are 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 explore and highlight how migration-integration policies and laws impact people. I aim to provide you with an intimate look into - and a better understand of - the lives of migrants, refugees and minorities.

  • Work
    • Journalist and Researcher
  • Education
    • Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism