The difficult path into the job market

Friederike and Leyla got to know each other in a partnership project and have since become friends. In the second part of this short series, the author follows Leyla’s path into the German job market and describes how important this step is for settling into a new country.

by Friederike Aps

My story of leaving and arriving

Being a newcomer himself, the Scottish musician Liam remembers his first time in Germany. He describes how he relates to the experiences of other newcomers who came here as refugees and discovers what they share - and what differentiates them.

by Liam Cairns

6 Questions to: Lela Ahmadzai

The photographer Lela Ahmadzai has been following the lives of different women in Afghanistan since 2008 and has captured many moments and stories in portraits. In a brief interview, she talked about the link between women’s lives and politics, and about what interests her in her long-term project.


“The applicant is called upon…”

Abas has received a notice of rejection. A shock for after a long odyssey from Eritrea to Germany he finally seemed to be safe. But that safety is threatened. He is said to leave the country.

by Katja Doubek

Wafa Mustafa: The Story Behind The Name

Getting to know yet another strong female narrative in this biographical interview. Wafa speaks about her fights, depression and resilience.

by Tanya Sharma

The Wandering Self

Where is home when you have lived everywhere, who are you after you've lost your anchor? A viewpoint of a modern nomad  

by Lina Alhaddad

Forging friendships – an interview with Tamim Masood about the art project “Odyssee”

Tamim Masood, 22, was a journalist in Afghanistan before coming to Germany in October 2015. In a short interview, he talks about his personal experiences during the development stages of the Odyssee (Odyssey) art project, which was launched by the artist and steel sculptor Georg Friedrich Wolf. The project, which started in Habitzheim, Hesse, was presented in Berlin in December 2016.

by Christine Schmutzler & Miriam Zlobinski

A Dead Talent

The only language he spoke was music. He gave his listeners the taste of melancholy, imprisonment and torture.

by Marwan Safarjalani

Show me where you come from

The artist Dieter Mammel spent a year painting with displaced children and youths. The result: unique contemporary documents telling stories of war and flight, but also of hope and dreams. We visited his atelier in Berlin.

by Theresa Schmidt

6 Questions to: Merlin Nadj-Torma

In her photo series “Here is everything as 22 stars :-)”, the photographer has been following and documenting since the year 2011, the life of refugees in illegal camps on the Serbian-Hungarian border, at the gateway to Europe. She tells us about her personal experiences in this short interview.