Europe Can Learn From Germany’s Experience With Migration’s Impact

Syrian refugees sit in a train and read a local newspaper with special pages in Arabic for refugees, Berlin, Sept. 9, 2015.
The Habashieh family, Syrian refugees, sit in a train and read a local newspaper with special pages in Arabic for refugees, Berlin, Sept. 9, 2015 (AP photo by Markus Schreiber).
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They were noticeable for seeming slightly lost at the train stations where they arrived and were greeted by volunteers providing assistance. A call from friends trying to find a place to stay for a recently arrived family would lead to a collective scramble to contact local welfare agencies. In the months that followed, chance meetings at a bar, football match or the workplace would lead a circle of friends to extend invitations to some of the newcomers, who in time would become familiar faces. Germany in the summer and autumn of 2015? Yes, but not only. And when traveling around […]

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