The Integration Puzzle What a Million Refugees Mean for Everyday Life
Part 16: 1.09 Million Refugees Registered in 2015
Susanne Worbs, 42, is an immigration and integration researcher at the Federal Office of Migration and Refugees.
What's the situation like at the Federal Office of Migration and Refugees, Ms. Worbs?
The Federal Office of Migration and Refugees (BAMF) registered 1.09 asylum-seekers in 2015, a task that proved to be "a major challenge," says Susan Worbs. Around two-thirds of the refugees came from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, with about 13 percent originating from the West Balkans region and the remainder coming from countries like Iran, Pakistan, Eritrea, Algeria, Somalia and Morocco. The typical refugee in 2015 was male, Muslim and under 30.
Worbs and her colleagues recently conducted a survey of 2,800 refugees whose asylum applications were approved in recent years. Some 76 percent of the Syrian respondents said they wanted to stay in Germany for good. Among Iraqis, that figure was 88 percent. They also want to participate in society, provide for their own families rather than live off of government assistance and to give something back to Germany. "The level of motivation among the refugees is enormously high," says Worbs.
- Part 1: What a Million Refugees Mean for Everyday Life
- Part 2: Integration 101
- Part 3: Are Refugees More Violent?
- Part 4: Frustration and a Lack of Resources
- Part 5: Teaching Refugees to Swim
- Part 6: 'A Challenge Like No Other'
- Part 7: The Doctor's Advice: Learn German and Be Patient
- Part 8: A 1.5 Billion Burden for the Healthcare System?
- Part 9: Dancing Away Stereotypes and Prejudice
- Part 10: The Midwife's Migraine
- Part 11: Germany Will Need 20,000 New Teachers for Refugees
- Part 12: 'We Need Time'
- Part 13: 'We Will Only Manage This If We Have the Infrastructure'
- Part 14: 'We Will Undergo a Multicultural Transformation'
- Part 15: Refugees at Our Doorsteps
- Part 16: 1.09 Million Refugees Registered in 2015
- Part 17: Policing the Refugee Camps
- Part 18: The Refugee Bill
- Part 19: Integration Will Be a Task for Decades to Come
- Part 20: 'An Open Economy Would Be Unimaginable without Immigration'
- Part 21: BMW Courts Refugees
- Part 22: A Michelin Star and Refugees
- Part 23: 'What Is a Petroleum Technician?'