NEURUPPIN, BRANDENBURG, GERMANYSEPTEMBER 18, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV
1. Extreme wide shot streets in the city centre of Neuruppin2. Wide shot pedestrians in a street in Neuruppin3. Wide shot Martin Osinski walks in a street in Neuruppin with a sign of the collective "Neuruppin bleibt bunt" ("Neuruppin remains diverse") together with two other members of the collective4. Wide shot wall at the entrance to the city with the words "Diversity is our future" painted on it5. Mid shot a veiled woman depicted on the wall next to the inscription "Diversity is our future"
6. SOUNDBITE 1 - Jens-Peter Golde, mayor of Neuruppin (male, German, 19 sec): "When we see the images of Moria, it is not a question of dissenting on major political decisions, it is a question of morality. We have the opportunity to help people in need, so why shouldn't we?"
LESBOS ISLAND, GREECE NEURUPPIN, BRANDENBURG, GERMANY SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 SOURCE: AFPTV
7. Cutaway: Extreme wide shot a man walking, smoke behind him 8. Cutaway: Extreme wide shot people walking through what's left of Moria Camp
9. Extreme wide shot a man pushing a bicycle enters one of the shelters for asylum seekers in the district of Ostprignitz-Ruppin10. Wide shot a man pushing a bicycle enters one of the shelters for asylum seekers in the district of Ostprignitz-Ruppin
11. SOUNDBITE 2 - Martin Osinski, head of the alliance of collectives "Neuruppin bleibt Bunt" and former head of the district's 18 shelters for asylum seekers (male, German, 19 sec): "5 years later, we see that a large number of former refugees live here with their families, their children go to school, the parents work. These are encouraging signs and I think that this is also why the town councillors have taken this decision (to welcome refugees from the Moria camp)."
12. Pan left Martin Osinski and two other members of the "Neuruppin bleibt bunt" collective walk towards the wall on which it is enscribed "Diversity is our future"
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'Diversity is our future': German town wants more migrants ATTENTION - For publication Sunday morning ///Frankfurt am Main, Sept 25, 2020 (AFP) - At the entrance to the sleepy German town of Neuruppin, giant multicoloured letters painted on a section of wall stand out: "Diversity is our future".Now the local mayor wants to put the informal slogan into practice. Neuruppin, nestled 60 kilometres (37 miles) north-west of Berlin, is unusual in a region where the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is popular: it wants to welcome more migrants."We have room for 50 to 75 people," Jens-Peter Golde, the mayor of the 31,000-strong town told AFP."We are doing well here and we have the possibility (to help) people in need."It comes five years after more than a million new immigrants settled in Germany, threatening to turn the country’s politics upside down.Pictures of the fire that destroyed the Moria migrant camp in Greece, which left 13,000 without shelter, prompted the town's leader to speak out."When you see the pictures of the in Moria, it is not a question of politics it is a question of morals," Golde said.Chancellor Angela Merkel's government agreed to take in 1,553 migrants, mainly families, who are stuck on five Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. And Neuruppin wants to take its share, like 173 cities in the country, but of which only 16 are in the former East Germany."We have places immediately available" in asylum seekers' hostels or social housing, he said.But for Neuruppin, the stakes are not only ethical, but also economic.
- 'Chasing' the new workforce -
The arrival of refugees in 2015 proved a boon for entrepreneurs in the region."Local businesses are chasing the workforce," according to Martin Osinski, former head of the district's 18 asylum seekers' hostels. He still remembers small and medium-sized business owners knocking on their doors in search of people who could work.Migrants are also in high demand in the care profession.The town has in recent years mainly settled Syrians and Chechens, and now around 4.3% of the population are foreigners or people of foreign origin. "I want to live in a city that is open to the world and that provides protection and care for people who have fled war or famine," said Beate Schaedler, a social worker.Nevertheless, integrating newcomers continues to be a challenge, while AfD obtained 12% of the votes in Neuruppin in the 2019 local elections.AfD’s lead candidate in the area, Klaus Baumdick, didn’t respond to AFP’s request for interview, but the national leadership is opposed to the resettlement of migrants from Greek camps, believing that this would incite encourage other "arsonists" to set fire to them in the hope of being sent to Germany."Of course there are difficulties and we mustn't deny them," admits Wolfgang Freese, a teacher in the town, who has noticed that some of his colleagues are uncomfortable with refugee pupils.In addition to housing problems, residents complain, among other things, about the reluctance shown by some men arriving from patriarchal countries to see their wives learn the language of their host country.The mayor prefers to dismiss these criticisms out of hand. "You will always find people who say 'we are obliged to sleep under bridges and they are entitled to the best flats'. But that is pure populism! I don't know anyone in Neuruppin who sleeps under bridges."yap-edf/