Monday, August 31, 2015

Germany's Positive Response to the Current Refugee Crisis

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It seems fair to say that Germany has a checkered history with respect to its treatment of asylum-seekers.  So far, however, the nation is taking some positive steps to address the needs of refugees in the current crisis.    Germany announced (and here) that it is allowing Syrians to remain in Germany and apply for asylum.  An The Independent reports that a German couple have started a website to match refugees with roommates in Germany and Austria to create a “more human culture of welcoming refugees.” 

Marieke Geiling and her boyfriend Jonas Kakoschke launched Refugees Welcome to match refugees and asylum seekers with shared flats or other “normal” housing situations so that migrants would not have to live in mass accommodation.  After a shared flat or house signs up to the website, available in English and German, they will then be connected to a refugee organization who will put them in touch with a person who has fled to their city.  Once a flatmate has been placed, Refugees Welcome with then help with financing rent costs.

“We are convinced that refugees should not be stigmatized and excluded by being housed in mass accommodations,” Refugees Welcome states on its homepage.

In 2014 Germany received around 200,000 asylum applications, up from 127,000 in 2013. Many of the migrants are from Muslim countries, fleeing conflicts such as Syria.  The increasing number is putting a strain on refugee resources in the country, with many refugees staying in the mass accommodations of old schools and army barracks.

Marieke Geiling, 28, and her boyfriend Jonas Kakoschke, 31, launched Refugees Welcome to match refugees and asylum seekers with shared flats or other “normal” housing situations so that migrants would not have to live in mass accommodation.

After a shared flat or house signs up to the website, available in English and German, they will then be connected to a refugee organisation who will put them in touch with a person who has fled to their city.

KJ

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