When Refugees Outnumber Natives
It seemed crazy at the time. For two years, the tiny Saxon town of Sumte has provided living space for hundreds of asylum seekers — just one facet of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s response to accepting more than a million migrants. Spread out over a previously abandoned complex, as many as 750 refugees at any one time live next to the 102 villagers, with some unsurprising tension. Yet the proactive evolution of the shelter’s capacities and the residents’ genuine, more economically focused perspective on immigration suggests Germany’s humanitarian response can successfully trade Angst for Gemütlichkeit.