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Corona refugee in Thailand: »I'm still here. And I don't have a return flight "


In March 2020, a German is flying to Thailand on vacation. And stays. He studies, buys a moped, becomes a yoga teacher and falls in love. Back home, in the shutdown? D rather not.

"Why don't we just stay here?"

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Beach in Thailand

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"We hardly had any contact with Thai people during the lockdown"

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"That's a sign.

Okay from above.

Now i stay "

"I'm not fed up with all of this - neither the sand nor the sound of the sea"

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The reports, analyzes, photo series, videos and podcasts appear in the international section of SPIEGEL.

The project is long-term and will be supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) for three years.

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In recent years, SPIEGEL has already implemented two projects with the European Journalism Center (EJC) and the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: The "Expedition The Day After Tomorrow" on global sustainability goals and the journalistic refugee project "The New Arrivals", as part of this several award-winning multimedia reports on the topics of migration and flight have emerged.

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