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Working Together for Local Integration of Migrants and Refugees in Berlin

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Berlin has long been a diverse, multicultural city and today about 1 million – or 30% – of its inhabitants have a migration background, meaning that they – or at least one of their parents – were born without German nationality. Berlin’s authorities perceive diversity as generally accepted in Berlin’s society. This case study takes a close look at the city’s migrant integration programmes and services, examining how all levels of government participate in these programmes, as well as the growing role played by third-sector agencies. It considers how Berlin’s administration reacted to the sharp rise in asylum applications in 2015-16, rapidly updating existing integration measures as well as developing emergency ones. The integration of these newcomers needs to be monitored in order to demonstrate policy impact and to help establish whether such policies can be expanded to help other migrant groups that still experience wide socio-economic gaps compared to native population.

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Migration snapshot of the city of Berlin

Berlin is a growing city; each year, its population increases by around 48 000 people. At the time of writing, Berlin holds over 180 nationalities and nearly one-third (27.7%) of the population has a migration background The concept of having a migration background was introduced in Germany in 2002. It includes people who have at least one parent with a non-German foreign background in the last two generations (Hübschmann, 2015: 14) (federal average: 21%) Data based on Berlin Municipality (2017)..

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