The Integration Puzzle What a Million Refugees Mean for Everyday Life

More than a million refugees are now living in Germany. The next task is to integrate them. SPIEGEL spoke with dozens of experts and people working in the field about the everyday challenges the influx means for the country.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
The New Germany: Within only 12 months, over 1 million people moved to Germany. How will they integrate?

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

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Criminologist Christian Pfeiffer:"Those who had a chance of being granted asylum did everything to avoid putting their status in jeopardy."

Criminologist Christian Pfeiffer:"Those who had a chance of being granted asylum did everything to avoid putting their status in jeopardy."

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A doctor with a mobile clinic provides care to a refugee in the city of Tübingen. Most refugees are initially excluded by law from anything but urgent care.

A doctor with a mobile clinic provides care to a refugee in the city of Tübingen. Most refugees are initially excluded by law from anything but urgent care.

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Dance instructor Olga Feger: "It's striking how people can alleviate their aggression through these exercises."

Dance instructor Olga Feger: "It's striking how people can alleviate their aggression through these exercises."

Foto: Detlef Ulbrich/ Societaetstheater Dresden
Refugee children receive instruction at an elementary school in Potsdam.

Refugee children receive instruction at an elementary school in Potsdam.

Foto: Ralf Hirschberger/ picture alliance / dpa
Police officer Marc Banduhn: "I thought this was going to be a much more difficult task than it has turned out to be."

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

Foto: Moritz Gerlach/DER SPIEGEL
Michelin star chef Heinz Winkler and Hagie Foday Jaiteh Kabba: "A full-fledged member of our kitchen team."

Michelin star chef Heinz Winkler and Hagie Foday Jaiteh Kabba: "A full-fledged member of our kitchen team."

Foto: Moritz Aisslinger