The Global Turkey in Europe (GTE) project established a platform to discuss and analyse the rapid transformation of Turkey in a European and global context. This year, GTE focused on the refugee crisis and its impact on EU–Turkey relations, as well as on the EU’s migration and asylum policies. Public discourse on the issue is polarized and often confused: GTE provided a forum for people with different professional backgrounds, experiences and opinions to meet and discuss various facets of the refugee crisis, alongside field trips designed to better inform the dialogue between participants. The fifth event in this series took place in Berlin on 8 May 2017. The workshop focused on the issue of the integration of refugees in light of the experiences of two leading refugee-hosting countries – Germany and Turkey.