Refugees and German citizens attended an integration seminar last year in Weimar. Photo Credit: Mauricio Lima for The New York Times

Refugee integration in Weimar, Germany

Article in The New York Times
8 May, 2017

A very interesting interactive narrative compiled by the NY Times on refugee integration in Weimar, Germany.

Besides the housing and government-provided food or stipends, Weimar’s refugees found a plethora of student, religious and social service groups providing help navigating the German bureaucracy and offering activities and events to pull them into the life of the city.

Dozens of refugees we met said they had been largely welcomed — or ignored — though many recounted moments of public hostility and even physical aggression. As the months passed, we watched them wandering the cobbled streets of Weimar’s old city, pushing bicycles, pausing at kebab shops, playing table soccer with shaggy university students.

“I think this process of integration is going to be more difficult than people realize,” Anas said one day. “And I think it will come as a surprise to many of the Germans, but it is going to be just as hard for them as it is for us.”

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