Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Three years after Germany took in nearly a million refugees, migration has polarized the country

By Markus Bickel

Karl Hilsenbek is worried. “No one knows what will happen tomorrow, or where migrant numbers go from here,” says the mayor of Ellwangen, a flourishing town in Germany’s prosperous southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg. Unemployment there is under 2 percent. Large billboards advertise companies searching for new trainees. Little cause for worry, one would think.

But on the outskirts of town, on the grounds of an old army barracks, lies a …