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The role of culture in interacting with refugees

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When I set out on my morning walk last weekend, I came across a view which I am not familiar with in the neighborhood I live.

Crowded Syrian families had come early in the morning for a picnic on the grass.

Just as they were preparing for a joyous breakfast with tea, bread, and watermelon surrounded by lots of kids, those of us who were locals of the neighborhood—were watching them with nervous looks.

I caught those looks more than once and this thought just crossed my mind:

“Turks that had migrated to Germany in the 1960s most probably were subjected to similar concerned looks.”

Germany has talked about the integration of foreigners, including Turks, for years. The problem has still not been solved despite all these debates.

We are now breathing the same air as 3.5 million Syrians.

Questions along the lines of “How can we live together without throwing them anxious looks? How can we overcome our cultural........

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