Germany. Refugees hoping to register their presence in Berlin.

Germany, Berlin, October 05, 2015, Some refugees sleep overnight outside “LaGeSo” to ensure their place in the line the following morning. They are all waiting for a number to make an appointment, to jump start their official registration in Germany.

Early in the morning, long lines of refugees form outside Berlin’s Department for Health and Social Affairs Office (nicknamed “LaGeSo”), hoping to register their presence and start the challenging process of finding a home, work and in many cases, a school for their kids. Adjusting to Germany’s culture and language, and dealing with homesickness and the psychological trauma of living for years in war is difficult.

The picture could go with the story: One difficult journey finished, but more challenges to come. By Rebecca Murray