The Integration Puzzle What a Million Refugees Mean for Everyday Life

The New Germany: Within only 12 months, over 1 million people moved to Germany. How will they integrate?
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The New Germany: Within only 12 months, over 1 million people moved to Germany. How will they integrate?

By SPIEGEL Staff

Part 17: Policing the Refugee Camps


Police Chief Inspector Marc Banduhn, 43, ensures the safety of refugees in Kiel.

How is everyday life going at the refugee camps, Chief Inspector Banduhn?

SPIEGEL: Where are we right now?

Banduhn: In the police station at the initial reception center for refugees in Kiel. We've taken another approach here than in other states. Here, the police are integrated into the refugees' accommodations. There is no other German state doing it this way. But it really does make a difference. We are right where things are happening and we are constantly on-site.

SPIEGEL: There are many stories circulating right now about constant police deployments to the camps.

Banduhn: I can't confirm that. It may have to do with the fact that the approach of other states is that of the classic reactive police force that only shows up when the fire is already burning. In that sense, they don't see what is going on in everyday life. As a rule, things are generally peaceful.

SPIEGEL: What do you consider your job to be?

Banduhn: We ensure the safety of residents. I thought this was going to be a much more difficult task than it has turned out to be in terms of the criminality taking place within and the threat from outside. So far, neither has been a problem. What we are doing here is not classic police work -- instead we're operating according to the idea of "friend and helper." Sometimes we even help in the kitchen.

SPIEGEL: What did you do prior to this?

Banduhn: Shiftwork. I also led a small police station in a neighborhood.

SPIEGEL: Were you drafted for your new task or did you volunteer?

Banduhn: I was asked. Then I slept on it for two nights before saying yes. So far, I haven't regretted it. To me, there's no diffierence if I go to a nightclub during a normal patrol because someone has started a fight with a doorman or if two refugees have gotten into a tangle while waiting in line. A police presence can usually clarify the situation.

SPIEGEL: Where are police found for these positions?

Banduhn: Of course, cuts in other areas are being made in order to make this possible. There are other areas that we aren't covering as extensively as usual -- you could also say that we're neglecting them. They include things like speed checks.

Police officer Marc Banduhn: "I thought this was going to be a much more difficult task than it has turned out to be."
Moritz Gerlach/DER SPIEGEL

Police officer Marc Banduhn: "I thought this was going to be a much more difficult task than it has turned out to be."

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spiegelerin 02/21/2016
1. HOW do you integrate them?
I just saw a photo of Africans squatting on a boat waiting to come over and another load of them waiting in Libya. (Kaddafi said, watch what happens when they just hop over to Europe.) They are going to take an integration course and live well in hyper independent Germany? I don't think so. They are adults with different norms. When it comes to women, when it comes to how to cure AIDS (sleeping with virgins) when it comes to noise in the streets...the cultures will not harmoniously merge and European culture will have to deal with becoming less woman friendly, louder and so on...I don't see this happening at all well, but apparently "mixed" societies like in France and Belgium work 'well enough." But more are coming and I don't see harmony, at least not for people with European norms. Will this one get published? It's MY opinion, not that of SPON.
artvent 02/21/2016
2. Muslim Refugees
I'm sorry for these people, but you must realize they will live in their own ghettos and because of their religion will never assimilate - they will not contribute to your society because they are mostly uneducated and they will not respect their host nation. Just look at France if you want to see the problem. Most of all I feel sorry for the German people and what will happen to Germany in the years to come after this invasion. You will lose your identity.
bartelbe 02/21/2016
3. it won't work
You want to know what integration looks like? Integration is mixed families, it is muslim girls dating, sleeping with, marrying and having families with German men. That isn't going to happen, because if a muslim girl amoung these "refugees" decided to date a German man she would be dishonouring her family and would be punish. Let that sink in, your new arrivals reguard you with such contempt that if one of their female relatives dated one of your young men, it would be seen as a form of dishonour. If it was the other way round you would condemn that attitude as racist, but no doubt it will be swept under the carpet just like the events in Cologne. Sex and relationships reveals the truth about how people feel. Your new arrivals are not interested in integration, and they do not respect your culture. That is the truth and no amount of PC censorship will change that.
nsmith 02/22/2016
4. Integration Doesn't Happen Overnight...
Germany is going to find out that Integration is not as easy as "Wir Schaffen Das!" The United States of America was built on that same principle over 300 years ago, and we're still having problems with it.
spiegelerin 02/24/2016
5. The next task is to integrate them...
Yes, one integration course and they will learn European values of not grabbing women, of not thinking that women alone have no honor...One integration course and they won't be the desperate people who don't respect barriers, who don't jump trains. No, if You don't give them money and take care of their needs, they are going to get angry. Just take care of them, at any cost.
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