Located in the centre of the Ruhrgebiet, once Europe’s industrial heartland, the city of Duisburg now lives in the shadows of those days. Even unemployment rates of 15%, twice the national German average, do not fully portray the level of poverty that exists in the former industrial heavy weight. Duisburg is now one of Germany’s poorest cities that has witnessed a steady decline in its population, of around 50,000 people, since the mid 1990s.
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