New arrivals

Those seeking asylum in Germany are largely between the ages of 18 and 35. This is good for both Germany and its new arrivals. As Germany’s population is graying, its labor force is projected to take a hit. The influx of young workers provides opportunity for Germany’s labor sector remain vital while providing an economic foothold for refugees—allowing them to prosper.

The sustainable city

Essen is a city built on industry in the process of re-identifying itself as a leader in mitigating climate change. As Germany’s renewable energy production increases, Essen’s coal fired power plants are being phased out. The last remaining plant is scheduled to close later this year—signaling the end of an era and a step toward an environmentally conscious future. In recognition of the city’s efforts the EU presented Essen the 2017 Green Capital Award, acknowledging their aspirations to be a leader in environmental best practice.

Emerging infrastructure

As Essen moves forward with climate action, it is rethinking its transportation system. The city’s home state, North Rhine Westphalia, has been planning and executing a network of bicycle superhighways. The network is intended to help Germany reach its emissions goals by making bicycle commuting a part of everyday life. Our project site is located immediately adjacent to the first phase of the highway network. RS1 is a bicycle path that when complete will span over 50km and connect a series cities in the region. This new infrastructure provides a valuable opportunity to new arrivals, as they typically are unable to pay high costs for transportation. Connecting refugees with this emerging transportation will afford them the chance to commute economically while taking part in helping Germany achieve its goals.
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