Did Angela Merkel manage the refugee crisis of 2015?

Published on August 30, 2020 by

“Wir schaffen das “or” We will manage it” was one remark of many that German Chancellor Angela Merkel made during a press conference in Berlin back in 2015. Over a million refugees arrived in Germany seeking asylum, making it the largest incoming refugee population since World War II. Her constituents — and the world — wanted to know how she would handle it.

Merkel’s remark launched a thousand think pieces, and it galvanized the far-right. Five years later, we’re using data to square how well Merkel’s policies have helped those refugees adapt and integrate into life in Germany. In essence, we answer the question: did Merkel manage it?

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