Author: Swati Mehta
Swati Mehta is a German Chancellor fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, working on financial inclusion for forcibly displaced persons. She is a researcher and technical adviser on projects to improve access to affordable financial services for the low-income unbanked population.

Three years after Germany received record numbers of asylum seekers, there is still more discussion of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s famous exhortation that “we can do this” than there is a clear understanding of what happened next. Meanwhile, asylum seekers’ focus has moved from securing food and shelter to finding jobs and gaining financial self-sufficiency. (More…)