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A Syrian child creates the peace sign with her fingers while being held by her father.

German immigration policy strives to balance tolerance and security.

Making Immigration Work

April 2012, Number 03.02

“In the 1990s, the number of people migrating to Germany was significantly higher than the number of those leaving. In recent years, however, the difference between these two figures has shrunk – and was even negative in 2008 and 2009. Population mobility will continue to rise in the future due to increasing globalization. As a result, migration is likely to affect more and more people in the coming decades. In view of expected demographic changes, migration policy in Germany and Europe as a whole must set the course for the future.

Migration movements must be viewed in a global context. European nations must be willing to help migrants’ countries of origin, so that their citizens can hope for a better future at home. The only way we can meet the challenges migration brings is by working together. At both European and national levels, we must pay attention to policy interactions and closely coordinate the various policy fields – justice, the interior, economics, development cooperation and foreign relations...”

Excerpt from German Federal Ministry of the Interior, “Making Immigration Work,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 3, No. 2, 2012: 32-37.

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