Migrants and Germans can learn from each other: Angela Merkel

On the flip side, Merkel says Germans should be open, and "seize upon it as a possibility to learn and experience more."

By: AP | Berlin | Published:April 1, 2017 8:44 pm
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Chancellor Angela Merkel says newcomers to Germany must learn the country’s values and customs, but that Germans can also learn from them. More than 1 million asylum seekers have arrived in the past two years, and Germany’s been working hard on integration.

Speaking in her weekly podcast, in a question-and-answer form with a Syrian journalist who arrived as a refugee in 2015, Merkel emphasised migrants need to respect Germany’s values of “tolerance, openness, freedom of religion and freedom of expression” and also “be a little curious about our way of life.”

On the flip side, Merkel says Germans should be open, and “seize upon it as a possibility to learn and experience more.”

Merkel meets with three organisations next week to thank them for their help with migrants.

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