The entrance to Gorlitzer Park, where African migrants deal drugs in Berlin, Germany on June 21, 2018. Thomson Reuters Foundation / Lee Mannion
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There are more than 300,000 unregistered migrants in Germany, drawn largely by the promise of work.Since Mediterranean arrivals spiked in 2015, when more than a million refugees and migrants reached the EU, only about 41,000 people have made it to the bloc across the sea this year.Slim and shy to speak, Mass, 38, works at the cafe. He has been in Germany since 2015 and spent two days sleeping in the park every week when traveling into Berlin to seek work from a refugee shelter in Mecklenburg Vorpommen, the federal state north of Berlin.Mass fled slavery in Mauritania, working as a bonded laborer for five years for a man who had been subcontracted by a German construction company.The West African country has one of the highest rates of slavery in the world, with two in 100 people living as slaves, according to the 2018 Global Slavery Index.Mass said he cannot return to Mauritania because he would be forced back into slavery.
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