Many German municipalities are overwhelmed by the numbers of refugees. Some towns, however, are singing a different tune: Altena in western Germany has got more than its fair share of refugees.
The Social Democrats' leader has warned of the "fatal mistake" of mixing the debate on integration with security policy. Weeks ahead of key elections, the SPD has tried to distance itself from Angela Merkel's CDU.
Urban redevelopment in Altena in northwest Germany is at the heart of a successful refugee resettlement program. The story resonates on Architecture day, where the motto is for architecture to "create quality of life."
The hostel residents had warned repeatedly about Ahmad A., but nothing was done. Now they feel misunderstood and distrust the authorities. It's an alarming development.
Refugee and German youth in Berlin and Hamburg are collaborating on a musical production set for performance in October. The project seeks to promote intercultural understanding and help the newcomers explore new ideas.
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