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19 Ways Refugees And Migrants Were Welcomed In 2015

A look at the reaction people received in countries such as Canada and Germany this year.

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In 2015, more than a million people entered Europe attempting to escape regions of war and unrest, with the majority fleeing Syria. As they made their way across the continent, and further afield, they were met with varying reactions.

Below are some heartwarming examples of when people opened their arms, and homes, to those fleeing chaos in their own country.


9. Fans at a football match between 1.FC Köln and Borussia Mönchengladbach unveiled a banner that said: "Colourful fan culture = welcoming culture. Refugees welcome."

12. Selina Hales, 32, from Scotland, set up the community group Refuweegee that created "starter packs" for Syrians resettling in Glasgow, containing Tunnock's teacakes and handwritten welcome notes.


13. Just over 100 people are expected to arrive in Glasgow by the end of the year and the group said it hoped the kits would make them feel welcome. Some notes apologised for the bad weather.

14. One of the notes said: "It will take a long time to feel at home anywhere that isn't your own home but Glasgow of all places will open her arms to you."

18. People at a refugee center in Hennala Lahti, Finland, played football with locals at an event called "Let's play ball together" in September designed to welcome people to the country.

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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