Refugee protest in Munich Joerg Koch/Stringer

Lessons from Germany for Integrating Refugees

When Germany received about 1.1 million refugees in 2015, it did not buckle. On the contrary, it has handled the pressure exceedingly well, proving that the refugee crisis really is a valuable opportunity for host countries' economies.

DAVOS – Governments around the world are facing a huge challenge. The number of international migrants has surged in recent years, reaching 244 million in 2015 – a 41% increase from 2000. With that total including 20 million refugees, preventing a humanitarian nightmare demands swift and responsible integration into host societies. The logistical challenge of doing so is placing mounting pressure on the countries facing the largest influxes.