Immigration has shaped Germany since World War II. In the wake of the refugee crisis, the number of mi-grants in Germany and Europe increased significantly. By the end of 2016, Germany was home to 10 million people with non-German citizenship. Migrants now make up a slightly bigger share of the population in Germany than in the United States.
In response to the influx of refugees, the German government, local authorities and civil society intensi-fied their efforts to integrate the immigrants and to provide opportunities that strengthen the country’s workforce. Refugees fill the need for skilled workers but lack of language skills and training slow down the integration process.
Facing this enormous integration challenge, the government is combating the root causes for flight in the refugees’ home countries, and has taken additional measures to address security concerns in Germany.
This exhibition provides facts about immigration in Germany as well as stories about immigrants and refugees who came to Germany and made a positive difference.
by Christian Heusermann
Main Reading Room
2001 Fenwick Library (2nd floor)
Monday, March 19 at 3:00 p.m.
Reception in Fenwick Gallery to follow.
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March 09, 2018