Polls suggest a majority of Germans are concerned that crime will increase if people fleeing violence are allowed into the country. Amnesty International responded by putting some Germans face to face with refugees in an experiment psychologists say helps people bond.

Whatever getting knocked around in life does to our ability to empathize, Amnesty’s experiment suggests that bigotry can be overcome, and people of different backgrounds can learn to love one another and live in peace.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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