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Merkel's newly released "Marshall Plan with Africa" claims to tackle migration causes at their roots - but is this clear-headed policymaking or an early campaign move to appease German voters?

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Are we witnessing a global shift to the right? A new study on German political attitudes by the University of Leipzig suggests a loud minority may be drowning out the moderate middle. 

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We are pleased to announce the nine communities that will participate in our 2017 Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange.

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The Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange is a unique opportunity for leaders in Germany and the U.S. to share promising approaches to welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees into their communities. Applications for the 2017 cohort are due by December 1, 2016 (Midnight, U.S. Eastern Time). 

 From September 23 to October 1, sixteen American integration professionals and public officials will travel to Germany for a nine-day, five-city visit, to learn about Germany's approach to refugee integration. The visit is part of the Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange (WCTE), a reciprocal exchange program bringing together integration practitioners from Germany and the United States to share ideas and best practices on welcoming and integrating refugees into their respective communities. 

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"The “refugee crisis” is, in fact, a crisis of European politics. It reflects growing narrow-mindedness, fear of the future and national parochialism in Europe." Hbs Co-President Ralf Fücks on the future of Europe and on ways to successfully shape a European refugee policy.

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Both Germany and the US face a rising tide of right-wing, anti-immigrant parties and sentiments. But the US has developed a unique response. 

Over five million Iranians are in exile – about 120,000 of which live in Germany. They are influencing political and cultural debates in Iran on a daily basis. The aim of this publication is to promote a process of reflection within the diaspora and provide an input concerning the role and potential of the diaspora community in the US and Germany as well.

Hbs North America has selected three transatlantic expert advisors to join a commission developing new, progressive integration policies for Germany.  Leen Al Zaibak, Amy Casipullai and Audrey Singer will work alongside German commission members to provide insights into US and Canadian experience in immigration, refugee, and integration policy. 

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After a recent visit to Washington, Sergey Lagodinsky, head of the EU/North America Department at the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Berlin, reflects on Americans’ understanding of the European refugee crisis and the failure to anticipate long-term repercussions for US foreign policy interests.

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Media Fellow Dawid Krawczyk reports on workers' self-organization in New York's Chinese community, showing that unions are not the only way to represent workers' interests. 

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With thousands of refugees coming to Germany every week, local administrations are overstrained with the provision of basic needs. In many cities, civil society groups have stepped in to the fill the gaps.

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In a speech in November 2014, President Obama announced the increased deportation of illegal immigrants with a criminal record because they threatened the security of Americans. He emphasized that this only concerned felons, not families - but felons have families, too, counters the organization Families for Freedom.

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A few weeks ago, Germany erupted in outrage over reports of sexual harassment and attacks on women during the New Year’s festivities in Cologne and other German cities. But new legislation in the German Bundestag highlights just how short-lived the commitment to women’s rights and so-called “German values” really is.

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Integration practitioners to share best practices and develop concrete efforts to establish welcoming infrastructures in local U.S. and German communities: hbs North America, in partnership with Welcoming America and Cultural Vistas, is pleased to announce the Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange! 

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The New Year's Eve attacks and the subsequent anti-migrants protests in Cologne have refueled the debate about German values, whether all of the migrants that have entered the countery share those values, and if they can be successfully integrated into society. Yet what exactly these values might be remains unclear - to many Germans and asylum seekers alike.

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#hbsMigration study tour participant Yvanna Cancela and her colleagues from the Culinary Workers Union in Nevada wrote a letter to Governor Brian Sandoval to express their disappointment about his request to halt Syrian refugee resettlement in Nevada.

 

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The mass-scale sexual assaults in Cologne, Germany have inspired a political blame-game—but condemning women’s conduct or Europe’s open border policies won’t serve the victims of Cologne or the refugees who continue to need our protection. 

Civil Liberties Archive

Intro

The US has long been a country shaped by immigrants. Europe today, in particular Germany, is rapidly attracting new immigrants as well. How the US and Europe respond to the challenges of immigration and integration is not only about those who seek to enter our borders, but also about how we choose to define our societies, futures, and shared interests. We foster a transatlantic dialogue that promotes well-regulated immigration and integration policies as the responsibilities of a democratic state and as rich opportunities for economic growth, innovation, and cultural diversity.