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Competing Motivations in Germany's Higher Education Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis Open Access Deposited

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In 2015-2016 Germany was confronted with over 1 million new refugees, which challenged public and private institutions alike, and increasingly divided public sentiments. This paper investigates the social/cultural, political, and economic dynamics as they were in Germany in 20015-2016 and in particular how its higher education sector responded. The discussion covers a comprehensive review of media debates, public and private institutional research, new German- and English-language scholarship, and case studies the authors collected of 15 universities. The paper ends with recommendations as German universities prepare for 30,000-50,000 refugees eligible for study in the coming years.

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