“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

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

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

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

Baynetna – Between Us.

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

by Ines Kappert

Everyone can be a role model

Curator Ronja Sommerfeld from the Afrika Medien Zentrum in Berlin has led many discussions for the photo exhibition Flucht nach vorn (Escaping Ahead), which presents migrants and refugees as role models. But what exactly is a role model and does the exhibition concept work? Impressions from the opening event.

by Corinna von Bodisco

Meet your neighbours at Buch & Café Lentner in München

The eighth evening in the “We’re doing it – meet your neighbours” series in Munich took place at the Buch & Café Lentner bookshop on January 26. The Syrian writer Fouad Yazji and the Munich-based translator and author Silke Kleemann talked about atheism in early Islam, the sources of inspiration for Yazij’s novels, the revolution, love, and living and working in exile.

by Marion Hertle

Writing after escape

What moves displaced authors in exile and how might a literary analysis of one’s own history look like in the new cultural home? These questions were explored at the event Weg sein – hier sein (To be away – to be here) at the Haus für Poesie (Poetry House) in Berlin.

by Tanja Dückers

How does motherhood change the lives of women in exile?

To mark the end of Heike Steinweg’s "I never said goodbye | WOMEN IN EXILE" exhibition, on January 15 the author Dilek Güngör spoke to Dima Al-Bitar Kalaji, Doha El Jaduh, and Nivin Maksour about their experiences as young mothers in exile, about raising children and about life in different languages.

by Dilek Güngör

Refugee Scholarships at Bard College Berlin – A retrospect on 2016 and a preview

The Refugee Scholarship Network gives young refugees the chance to study Liberal Arts. That does not just bring things in motion for them, but for all participants.

by Marion Detjen