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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.


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 new trend: People historically have relocated – be it to escape war, poverty or persecution or to improve their circumstances – in search of better lives. Recipient nations benefit from new workers and ideas, and states of origin profit when migrants send remittances or return home with new skills. But receiving nations can suffer if they fail to integrate or educate migrants...

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

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