Germany has a long history of welcoming refugees, and currently hosts the most refugees of any country in Europe. Newcomers often receive a small allowance each month in addition to food and clothing and toiletries. Programs are also being put in place to help with the ever-present problem of integrating refugees, especially in a country with an 18% immigrant population. The Community Programs team in Germany is actively engaged with local nonprofit organizations, serving in the community, and developing opportunities for collecting and sharing refugee stories.


FY 2017-2021 data source: First-time asylum applicants (Statistica). As of June 2021, Germany is host to 1.2 million displaced persons (UNHCR).

FY2022 data source: Asylum in Europe.


FY2022 data source: Asylum in Europe.

  • Arabic
  • Dari
  • Pashto
  • Turkish
  • Kurdish
  • Somali
  • Swahili

FY 2022 data source: Languages based on the official and/or most common language of arrivals’ country of origin.

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