Astrid Ziebarth, Migration Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Jonas Bergmann, Fulbright/DAAD Scholar, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service
Jennifer Diamond, Program Coordinator with the Europe Program, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
The ongoing political and economic instability in Europe’s East and South has created the biggest refugee movements since the end of World War II. With thousands of migrants and refugees crossing borders each day in the hope of finding a safer environment for themselves and their families, the European Union is faced with the enormous challenge of integrating the newcomers.
In order to establish stability and maintain security within EU member states and the broader neighborhood, integration is crucial for European countries in terms of domestic as well as foreign policy perspectives. Yet the EU, and particularly Germany, is challenged by the sheer numbers of people arriving daily in need of shelter, employment, education, and safety. In its efforts to deal with the hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees crossing over its borders, Chancellor Angela Merkel has adopted the mantra of “Wir schaffen das” (“We can handle this”). However, as European societies struggle to accommodate the vast numbers of newcomers, public support in Germany and across EU countries is becoming increasingly strained, and new solutions are needed to facilitate the integration process.
Given that the next generation of leaders in both Europe and the United States will continue to face the challenges of the refugee crisis in the years to come, what steps can millennials take now to facilitate the integration process for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers within European societies? The Washington, DC Chapter of the Young Transatlantic Network (YTN) of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), in partnership with the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), invites you to a discussion on how young leaders across the Atlantic can help to address the current crisis. Jennifer Diamond, Program Coordinator with the Europe Program at GMF, will moderate a conversation with Astrid Ziebarth, Migration Fellow at GMF, and Jonas Bergmann, a Fulbright/DAAD Scholar in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.