Worldwide, we have not seen such a high number of people who had to flee their homes since World War II. Authoritarian regimes, violence and war, climate change and its consequences, but also the unequal distribution of jobs and prosperity force people to leave their countries of origin. This dynamic will not change in the foreseeable future.
At the same time, increased human mobility has become the norm in the globalized and interconnected world of the 21st century. Viewed on a global scale, comparatively few people are coming to Europe or Germany. Still, there are challenges to be met: be it in housing and urban development, or with regards to access to language classes, education, the labor market and public welfare.
This leads us to the central question for the future: How can we live together as a diverse community in peace, safety and equal participation for all?
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is putting a focus of its work on displacement, migration and integration. Our goal is an inclusive and diverse society based on the principles of democracy. That includes equal opportunities for participation by all members of our society. For us, this is not some kind of utopia but rather the task for our society as a whole.
The following pages provide information on our events and projects and provides access to studies and background information.