'I miss my family. Angelika's like an aunt.' The older Germans taking in Syrian refugees

With many retired Germans sharing their homes with Syrian refugees, what can the UK learn from their response to the migration crisis?

Angelika Bauer laughs as she remembers the first time her Syrian housemate Jawad Shalghin met her dog Bo. “He was a bit afraid because people tend not to keep dogs indoors in Syria, but they get on better now. Bo no longer barks when Jawad comes home, she has accepted him,” she says with a smile.

The 63-year-old retired lawyer from Hamburg invited Shalghin, 21, to stay with her family a month ago, after she met his girlfriend Sahar through her volunteering work. He had fled from civil war in 2015 and was granted asylum in Germany a year later. He had a place to study business administration at Hamburg university but nowhere to live, so Bauer offered him a room for free.

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