Europa21. Thinking Tomorrow’s Society
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Europa21. Thinking Tomorrow’s Society

Program focus of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Leipzig Book Fair on immigration and integration (March 17–20, 2016, Leipzig)

Due to the wave of immigrants seeking refuge from civil wars and poverty, Europe is facing its largest and most complex self-discovery process since the middle of the 20th century. Thousands of volunteers and civic initiatives calling for more solidarity are met with cries for limitation of immigration and victories in elections for right-wing parties in various European countries. Even outside of political circles, the question of what kind of society and in which Europe we want to live remains a hot topic. How immigration and refugees are dealt with will go a long way in determining the future of Europe; the integration of immigrants will remain the primary and constant challenge in the coming decades.

With the program focus Europa21, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Leipzig Book Fair offer writers, academics, journalists, artists, and civically engaged citizens a platform for a constructive dialog on the future of Europe regarding immigration and refugees. The discussions look at the context of the refugee movement and the challenges as well as the role of literature, the media and religion in the European refugee debate. The initiative takes up the cause of a solidly united Europe and a future-oriented society.

The literary critic and publicist Insa Wilke is curator of the project.


Leipziger Messe GmbH
Leipziger Buchmesse
Mariella Bremer
Phone: +49 (0)341 678-8249


Agnieszka Surwillo-Hahn
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084-689

Impressions from the Leipzig Book Fair

Photos: Rainer Justen