The German city is taking bold steps to support new arrivals. See the key lessons for other European cities.

Refugee march in Hamburg, 2016. Credit: flickr/farrrb

By Caitlin Vito, Coordinator, Office of the Director of Studies

When discussion turns to migration and refugees, the present moment is frequently said to be one of ‘crisis’. The increasing number of refugees coming to European countries is often described as overwhelming, and political responses tend towards building walls and increasing border controls. While there are real challenges that come with the recent increase in refugees and asylum seekers, people and governments have the power to choose how they respond. Many cities across the EU are choosing innovation and pragmatism, offering lessons for others.

Europe's cities are on the front lines. They are hubs for reception and transit, and are often the end destination for refugees. Cities must grapple with the practical, everyday issues of how to house, educate, train and integrate these individuals, and many cities have proven remarkably resourceful and innovative in doing so. Hamburg, the German city which took in 61,500 asylum seekers in 2015, offers a fantastic example of this.

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