Ukrainian Refugees and the Challenges of Reception and Integration in Germany and Europe
Friday, April 29, 2022
12:00 p.m. ET (US)
About the Event
The escalation of the armed conflict in Ukraine has led to the destruction of civilian infrastructure and civilian casualties, forcing people to leave their homes and land in search of safety, protection and assistance. So far (as of April 6th, according to UNHCR), nearly 2.5 million Ukrainians have found protection in Poland. Over 660.000 have fled to Romania, another 400,000 to Moldova, 404,000 to Hungary, 304,000 to Slovakia. Around 306,000 people have arrived in Germany. Even if it is not clear how the situation in Ukraine will develop, whether the number of people who seek protection abroad will decrease, and when and whether the Ukrainians will be able to return to their homeland, these figures already show that the adequate support and, if necessary, longer-term integration of these refugees are European tasks. In my talk, I try to give an overview of the current and future challenges that Germany as well as other European countries face in respect to reception and integration of the Ukrainian refugees. Thereby, I point to differences and similarities between the current and the 2015/2016 situation.