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Refugees – between arrival and living together

(original title: Flüchtlinge – zwischen Ankommen und Zusammenleben)



Cover: IzR 2/2017

This issue of the specialist journal "Informationen zur Raumentwicklung" (IzR) considers the question how we can integrate refugees in Germany.

Scientists, practitioners, volunteers and actors from German cities and municipalities present research results and tell about their local experience. In analyses, reports and interviews the authors examine the historical causes of hostility to foreigners, explain the principle of the "Königstein ratio formula" or describe how they engage themselves voluntarily. Figures, informative graphics and maps show where and how the refugees live, how well they are educated and which jobs they have.

With reference to the title of the issue "Refugees – between arrival and living together", the challenge for politics and administration mainly lies in the word "between". The people arrive in Germany – but they have therefore not nearly arrived. They live in our villages and cities, but therefore not nearly together with us. They are situated "in between". The Federal Government, the federal states and the municipalities must organise this path of the refugees between arrival and living together. They determine the ratio formulas for their distribution and occupancy quotas, regulate the place of residence and other administrative acts. However, without the engagement of many thousand voluntary helpers the great challenge to integrate the many people could not be met.

In the centre of the current issue of IzR there are questions that occupy the actors of the Federal Government, the federal states and the municipalities as well as the numerous helpers: how do we integrate refugees within society, within housing and labour markets, within cities and the countryside? When do foreigners become neighbours? And do the newly arrived people really solve our demographic problems?

All articles are in German.

Franziska Bensch (,
Daniel Regnery, Friederike Vogel