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Qualification: MYSKILLS – New test makes professional knowledge visible

No qualification, no job – that's how it is for many people in Germany, even if they have already been working for years. But how can refugees and the unemployed be integrated more easily into the employment market without a professional qualification? That's where MYSKILLS comes in – a test which we have developed hand-in-hand with the Federal Employment Agency.

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Award: 2018 Reinhard Mohn Prize awarded to Joachim Gauck

On June 7 the 2018 Reinhard Mohn Prize on the topic "Living Diversity – Shaping Society" was awarded to former German President Joachim Gauck at Gütersloh Theater. In bestowing the award, we honored Gauck for his role as a bridgebuilder in a culturally diverse society.

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study: Germany's cities and cultural diversity: from inexperienced to dynamic

Highly qualified bankers from the EU, "guest workers" from Turkey, refugees from Syria – Germany's cities are experiencing cultural diversity in a variety of ways, and their responses are equally distinct. The communities range from mostly homogenous small and midsized cities to mega-diverse metropolises that benefit from the numerous cultures present there.

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Policy Brief: Does Germany need a new immigration law?

Despite record levels of immigration, relatively few skilled workers are arriving among migrants from non-European countries. Our recent edited volume by policy and legal experts explores the extent to which a new immigration law can help attract the global skilled labor Germany needs to manage demographic change. Our Policy Brief outlines what this legislation should include.

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Study: Easing the burden on asylum systems requires disentangling flight and migration flows

While war or persecution are driving some to flee, others leave their homes because they cannot find work, feed their families or because they wish to secure a better life. A growing number of people from Africa and Asia have left for Europe, and the numbers of those migrating within the European continent are also growing. But it is often difficult to distinguish refugees from labor migrants. This places a heavy burden on asylum procedures and the system as a whole. What can we do to ease the burdens of a strained system?

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Europe: Proactive asylum policies

Germany and the EU have been facing enormous challenges in migration and refugee policymaking. A shift towards proactive asylum and migration policies is indispensable if we are to develop effective, fair and sustainable solutions for the increased arrival of asylum seekers and refugees in Europe.

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Event: Urgent need to tackle root causes for flight and migration

Why are more and more people from Africa, Asia and Southeastern Europe leaving their native countries? And what can we do to fight the root causes of flight and migration? In this context we launched a new publication and debated with EU and Middle East experts on 17 February at the Munich Security Conference.

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Publication: Displacement's vicious circle: combating the causes, offering practical help

They leave their families behind and set forth on what are often life-threatening journeys towards an uncertain future: Why are more and more people from Africa, Asia and Southeastern Europe leaving their native countries? It's an issue we researched together with international experts. The goal was to develop ideas for combating the underlying causes of displacement and assisting people in Europe.

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Vision Europe Summit: António Guterres: Countries must regulate migration better

The objective of this year's Vision Europe Summit in Lisbon was to find better answers to the refugee crisis for Europe as a whole. The event's keynote speaker, UN Secretary-General-designate António Guterres, called on countries to do their part – and announced his own political initiatives.

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Analysis: Refugees in Italy: Europe holds the key

Boats sink, people drown or escape death at the last minute after a dramatic rescue operation. That scenario continues to be a tragic everyday occurrence on Europe's perimeter, or more precisely: on the islands of Lampedusa and Sicily. The refugees who do manage to reach Italy's shores often face an uncertain future. Not only must southern Europeans reform their immigration policies, they also require additional assistance from the EU.

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Study: Integrating refugees into the labor market: No cure-all in sight

Everywhere in Europe, policy makers are looking for ways to help asylum-seekers and refugees find jobs. It's a major challenge and the tools being used vary – from language courses and internships to competency tests and training programs. No one, however, has found a surefire approach, as our new study shows.

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Refugees: With Heart and Mind in Münster

In Münster, a concept for the integration of refugees was already developed 15 years ago. It works, and above all now, it is bearing fruit: good housing throughout the city, and no mass accommodation. But with refugee numbers on the increase, things are getting tight for Münster, too.

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Studies: Asylum systems under pressure: Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden in the "crisis year 2015"

The number of asylum seekers in Europe has increased continuously over the last years: Eurostat counted 182,000 first applications in 2008 in the EU including Switzerland and Norway, in the "crisis year 2015" these applications reached 1.3 million. Both the number of asylum seekers and the asylum procedures vary considerably among countries in Europe. Therefore, the European Commission aims at the harmonization of asylum policies in order to establish a common efficient and fair approach towards refugees.

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Analysis: Jordan: How long can the country maintain social peace?

The Kingdom of Jordan has been hosting large numbers of refugees for decades. But the civil war in neighboring Syria is now pushing the small Arab state to its limits, and social tensions are rising. What can the country do to avert a crisis?

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Analysis: Lebanon: A glimmer of hope?

One person in three in Lebanon is now a refugee. What does that mean for a country that has endured more than a decade of civil war, a country that is partially controlled by Hezbollah and that has come to a standstill both politically and economically? The sixth installment in our series takes a look at what is happening on the ground in this small Mediterranean nation.

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Analysis: A national office for migration and displacement in Morocco

Moroccan refugees and migrants are often viewed unfavorably in Germany following the events that took place in Cologne on New Year's Eve. Their culture seems foreign and their political challenges very different from those faced by European nations. As is in Europe, however, Morocco's government is confronted with pressing issues resulting from integration and migration.

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Study: Effective measures for integrating refugees into the workforce must be developed further

Germany faces the challenge of integrating hundreds of thousands of refugees into the country's workforce. As a new study shows, the existing measures designed to achieve that goal must be further developed as part of a coordinated overall process. The additional investment would be worth it – for newcomers and natives alike.

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Open Letter: Leaders of European think tanks call for action in the refugee situation

European leaders need to implement common European solutions to the refugee crisis. Only joint solutions can credibly and effectively reduce the growing human suffering and social and political turmoil. Leaders of seven European think tanks and foundations have signed an open letter to European politicians spotlighting five urgent measures for addressing the crisis.

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Op-ed: Five steps to successful integration

The influx of refugees is an omnipresent topic in Germany. Each day brings new challenges – and new reactions. Creativity and expertise are needed if we are to respond effectively to both the large number of newcomers and society's needs in general. The Bertelsmann Stiftung is launching a series of projects and initiatives designed to achieve this goal. 

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Analysis: Civil war in Syria: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

After five years of civil war, Syria is in ruins. Hundreds of thousands have died, millions are displaced, Islamist terror is spreading and the country has disintegrated into rival territories. With the influx of refugees, Europe is feeling the consequences of the war’s ongoing horrors. How can the conflict be contained? 

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Study: End to Schengen could mean a dramatic decline in growth for Europe

Exchange of goods, going on holiday or a year abroad - Schengen with its open borders makes that possible. Reintroducing internal border controls would not only mean new inconveniences for the Germans. Economic growth and wealth of all EU member states would be in danger.

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Analysis: Libya in free fall

Libya is the second most important transit country for refugees making their way to Europe, after Turkey. Yet five years after popular protests deposed the country’s dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, this failing state faces new threats that are placing many at risk, not just refugees. Our latest factsheet examines the current situation in Libya.

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Survey: Majority of the EU citizens wants a fair distribution of refugees

European governments are split when it comes to the migrant situation: Some want to accept asylumseekers, others are refusing to take them point-blank. European citizens have a different opinion: They demand a common response to this new challenge and want a fair distribution of the new people.

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Analysis: Refugee Situation: EU must speak to Ankara using one voice

Whether the issue is the refugee situation, the fight against ISIS or peace efforts in the Middle East, Turkey has a crucial role to play. How is the country dealing with the increase in refugees? Which policies is Ankara pursuing in the region? And what approach should the EU take in future negotiations with Turkey?

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Study: Welfare state profits from migration

Foreign-born individuals currently living in Germany ensured a net fiscal surplus of € 22 billion in 2012. With more investments in education and a stronger focus on skilled migrants Germany could continuously profit from migration.

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Study: Lengthy asylum procedures make it more difficult for refugees in Germany to find work

Millions of people around the globe are now refugees. Many make their way to Germany looking for a safe place to live and work. Yet a new study by the Bertelsmann Stiftung shows that the backlog of asylum cases is greater in Germany than in any other EU member state, a situation that makes it much more difficult for refugees to find jobs.

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Study: The labor market will need more immigration from non-EU countries in the future

Germany's population is shrinking and aging. Thousands of new workers will soon be needed. Yet immigration from the EU alone will not be enough to close the gaps in the long term. Stronger immigration from third countries is necessary.

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Survey: Does Germany welcome immigrants?

Every year, more immigrants arrive in Germany than in any other European country. Thousands come in the hope of finding work and a better life. Yet newcomers only remain if they feel comfortable. How do Germans currently feel about immigrants? Our survey provides some answers.