Initiatives

Alphabet of Arrival

Comic journalism offers an alternative approach to the usual way flight and migration are reported. Our author participated in an exciting workshop and tried this format for the first time.

by Asma Abidi
07.09.2017

The ups and downs of voluntary work

The Berlin-based project PROTHEGE offers therapy to refugees in response to a heavy demand for it. But creating a workable structure on a voluntary basis has proved more difficult than envisaged at the start. A report on insufficient funding and difficult networking.

by Annika Huhn
19.06.2017

Because places entice you to get used to them

Meet your neighbours as part of a ‘cultural breakfast’ event at the municipal library in Munich-Pasing. On 14 May, Fridolin Schley met the Syrian poet and journalist Yamen Hussein for an intercultural dialogue with a Syrian focus. They read old and new poems and talked about the continuous process of arriving in a new country.

by Silke Kleemann
12.06.2017

Research at the interface with political activism

Students of Freie Universität Berlin organized a research seminar on the situation of women* in refugee camps in Berlin in cooperation with the International Women’s Space (IWS). Recently the research results were published in an anthology.

by Miriam Bräu und Lena Nahrwold
01.06.2017

Magic is here – Meet your Neighbours presents the NeuLand newspaper at Literaturhaus München

At the Meet your Neighbours evening at Literaturhaus München (House of Literature Munich) on May 3, Sandra Hoffmann and Denijen Pauljević met authors and editors from the NeuLand (NewLand) newspaper, which since 2015 has been offering refugees an unfiltered opportunity to speak out and enter into dialogue with people already living here.

by Silke Kleemann
22.05.2017

“I need my father more than ever before”

For a good three months now, the Berlin association SolidariGee has been holding consultation hours for young adult refugees who arrived in Germany as unaccompanied minors. All support measures and care services fall away – with drastic consequences – as soon as these people come of age.

by Caroline Kraft
13.04.2017

Music, music, we play music

One year ago a group of professional musicians founded the MitMachMusik association with the aim to promote integration by playing music together. Twice a week, professional musicians visit children and teenagers in their accommodation at the refugee camps in Berlin and Potsdam to play music with them. The children are sensitized to listen to each other, to react and interact, to guide and accompany.

by Hiba Obaid
06.04.2017

We all need a little JumpStart in life

Jumpstart is a project that brings together locals and newcomers in order to provide orientation, support and motivation for a new beginning in Berlin. Lorna Cannon, who has moved from England to Germany herself some years ago, tells about the challenges of a new arrival from her own experience and how, by international friendships and the occupied Oranienplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg, she got in touch with the project JumpStart.

by Lorna Cannon
27.03.2017

WIR MACHEN DAS in an open discussion event at the international literary festival berlin (ilb)

WIR MACHEN DAS organized an open discussion event during the international literary festival berlin (ilb), to highlight the questions that concern the newcomers here in Berlin.

by Lina Alhaddad
16.03.2017

Baynetna – Between Us.

How the first Arabic library in Berlin emerged. The opening.

by Ines Kappert
02.03.2017