A photograph of Sigrid Meierhofer the mayor of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

German mayor shares stories about integrating refugees.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen Responds to Europe’s Migrant Challenge

January 2016, Number 07.01

Marshall Center (MC): Madame Mayor, thank you for taking the time for this interview. As the large majority of per Concordiam readers have lived in Garmisch-Partenkirchen while attending a course at the Marshall Center, it would be interesting to hear how their temporary home is coping with one of the world’s major problems. Dr. Sigrid Meierhofer (SM):

Garmisch has hosted refugees for a very long time. The first influx of refugees was after 1945. Nowadays, we have had refugees for the past three or four years living in different points in town, and we haven’t had any problems at all.

MC: Are there different categories of refugees in Garmisch?

SM: Garmisch has established registration and screening facilities for refugees. A certain number of refugees come to us directly after crossing the border, and they get registered here. These facilities are also intended to house the refugees for a limited period of time, currently 10 weeks. These facilities are in the former Abrams Complex...

Excerpt from Petra Weyland and Carolyn Haggis, “Garmisch-Partenkirchen Responds to Europe’s Migrant Challenge,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 7, No. 1, 2016: 44-47.

Dr. Carolyn Haggis served as professor of transnational security studies at the Marshall Center. She joined the Marshall Center as a member of the teaching faculty for the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies and the Program on Countering Transnational Organized Crime. She holds a doctorate from Oxford University.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.