In 2015, almost one million asylum-seekers came to Germany and the country still has to cope with the repercussions of this development – in social, political and economic terms. Yet, migration and integration is not a new phenomenon to Germany. In this interview, Meike Behrends, an expert on European migration policy talks about the historic development of migration in Germany and how the country’s integration approach has changed during the last decades.
After the successful #EuropeanTownHall Meeting in March 2016 in Lissabon and in the run-up to the European Thinking Lab Summit of our DIALOGUE ON EUROPE process, taking place in the Portuguese capitol as well, the next station of our German-Portuguese dialogue is Berlin.
Pursuing the debate launched with the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE project, the German Federal Foreign Office has initiated a new series of Town Hall Meetings within Germany, starting with a meeting hosted by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on 24 October 2016 in Berlin.