January 14, 2016

EVENTUALLY WE'LL BE BIDDING FOR THEM:

Some small German towns want to host more refugees. So why can't they? (Rachel Stern, JANUARY 12, 2016, CS Monitor)

Situated at the foot of the Harz Mountains in northern Germany, the town of Goslar thrills tourists with its winding cobblestone streets and thatched timber homes. But under the surface of its picture-book charm lies a demographic time bomb.

Goslar's population of 50,000 is dwindling by about 2,000 people a year as young people leave for better opportunities in cities. Faced with an uncertain future, Mayor Oliver Junk contends that the way to revitalize the town is to accept more refugees.

"The refugees that come can profit our country," Mr. Junk says. "They are not a burden, but rather an opportunity."

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