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Reflections on Flight and Migration to Europe

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How should Germany, Europe and the world respond to the refugee crisis?


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The refugee crisis that accelerated in 2015 blindsided Europe’s leaders. In this 2016 World Economic Forum presentation, President Joachim Gauck of Germany broaches the divisive topic of how Germany and its neighbors ought to handle the crisis. He calls for European solidarity in extending aid to migrants, yet he warns that Germany must limit the influx of migrants to maintain social and political cohesion. As Germany leads Europe’s response to the refugee crisis, getAbstract recommends Gauck’s intelligent, compassionate and pragmatic insights to policy makers, peacekeepers and humanitarian aid workers tasked with finding creative solutions to the current predicament.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How migration benefits refugees’ home nations and recipient countries alike,
  • Why Germany eventually must limit the number of migrants it admits, and
  • How Germany’s European neighbors can contribute to solving the migrant crisis.


According to a World Economic Forum study, the most pressing issue facing the world is increased refugee flows. Some 60 million people have fled their home nations, and multitudes seek refuge in the European Union. Migration is not a...
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About the Speaker

Joachim Gauck is a former Lutheran pastor. He became president of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2012.

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