In 2015, as more and more refugees crossed into Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel proclaimed, “We’ll manage this.” Critics said it was her great mistake – but she has been proved right. More than 10,000 people who arrived in Germany as refugees since 2015 have mastered the language well enough to enroll in a German university. More than half of those who came have jobs and pay taxes. Among refugee children and teenagers, more than 80% say they have a strong sense of belonging in their German schools and feel liked by their peers. “It’s a success story, even if no one quite has the confidence to say that yet,” said Katarina Niewiedzial, a migrant herself and now an integration officer working for the German government.

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