November 20, 2018

Representatives Visit Germany to Exchange Ideas on Welcoming and Supporting Immigrants and Refugees

Four representatives from Montgomery County visited Germany through the Welcoming Communities Transatlantic Exchange Program to learn new strategies for welcoming and supporting immigrants and refugees. The participants, who represented Montgomery County government, Montgomery County Public Schools and Impact Silver Spring, are part of a delegation with similar representative organizations from three additional U.S. cities.

When over one million refugees came to Germany in 2015, the German government had to quickly develop new strategies for accommodating and then integrating the newcomers into their society.

The delegation visited Frankfurt and Hamburg to meet with integration practitioners working for the local governments and nonprofits to exchange ideas. Some of the site visits included refugee housing, entrepreneurial development, and a home for unaccompanied minors.

After Hamburg, the group divided into two groups and each visited a city in former East Germany before concluding their trip in Berlin for an action planning conference. The closing conference included participants from German delegations who visited Montgomery County, Boston, Charlotte, and Anchorage in May 2018 to learn policies and practices from the United States.

The Montgomery County participants will share their experiences in Germany at the next Down-County Providers meeting on Dec. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center located at 11002 Veirs Mill Road, Suite 506 in Wheaton.

For more information about the Welcoming Transatlantic Exchange Program, visit For more information about the upcoming Downcounty Providers Network Meeting, contact Kaori Hirakawa at


  1. What a disgrace that MD has become a "third world" state thanks to the 2/3 Democratic voter base. O'Malley was giving out drivers licenses to illegals when he was governor. He went down in flames in the 2016 campaign for president. I was born in and have lived in Mont. Cty. since 1948 and for the last 20 years I feel like I am in a different country. It's not DR's or college educated immigrants that are being allowed to come here illegally but people with no educations or job skills; straight to the welfare system. The politicians who have let this happen will be cursed by their grandchildren for selling out America so they can stay in political power. Because their descendants will be the minority while the legal and illegal immigrants will have set up their socialist and Islamic control. Rome fell from within. This was the plan by the Muslim Brotherhood in the '60's to migrate to other countries and use that countries laws to gain control. The MSA (Muslim Student Association) has been on dozens of college campuses for decades along with the liberal socialist college professors. It's called brainwashing by professors, MSM, and Social Media which are almost all left leaning if not far left. What a disgrace that the Mont. Cty. Police don't cooperate with ICE for turning over criminal illegals. Unfortunately when the supporters of illegal immigration look back 20 years from now and say "What were we thinking" it will have been too late.

  2. OMG! Do you have ANY idea what’s been going on in Germany since letting in so many Muslims in?????? The crime rate has sky rocketed. Most of the immigrants are young men of fighting age. They lack skills to be employed, thus live off the largesse of the tax payers. They are raping native girls in astronomical members. They riot, burn cars, assaulting passers by. The ones in jail do Dawah for the non-Muslims (proselytizing) and get them to convert. Many young women are afraid to walk alone. Muslims living largely in Muslim neighborhoods have a parallel sharia court system. They have taken control of areas creating Sharia-Zones, where anyone passing through must conform to Sharia standards, and the list goes on. So many people who believed Angela Merkel and came to welcome these immigrants rue the day that they did. The AfD party, which suffered under Germany’s government’s attempts to quash it, has sprung back and is gaining huge amounts of voters to take Merkel and her traitors out. What we should be learning from the Germans is not to let them in, or very slowly and make them settle apart from each other. I am flabbergasted that Montgomery County officials could be so uninformed, callous, and so uninterested in the well-being of this county’s citizens and financial health.


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