Rural Germany an 'integration laboratory' for refugees

Germany has taken in more than 1.5 million asylum seekers since 2014, from war-torn Syria to Balkan countriesGerman villages and small towns could hold the key to socially integrating a mass influx of refugees who would in turn help revitalise dwindling rural populations, experts say. “The rural regions are a laboratory of integration,” said Karl-Friedrich Thoene from the infrastructure and agriculture ministry of the eastern state of Thuringia. Unlike in densely populated big cities, “there can be no parallel societies in rural areas,” he said.

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