5° EVENT - Berlin, Germany, November 29th - December 01th, 2017

Berlin, Germany,
November 29th - December 01th, 2017

The first day of the meeting, November 29th, Berlin

was focused on the meeting with local relevant experiences of working with migrants, and particularly:

- the delegate for work with refugees of the Protestant Church;

- the movement "Welcome to Falkensee", local organization of volunteers helping refugees. During this visit an autobiographical workshop was opened to the public, on the theme of migration, to create a public exhibition closing the event.

Best Practice 1

Haus der Diakonie, Berlin - Neukölln,
Contribution of Claudia Eichhorst,
delegate for work with refugees of the Protestant Church

Claudia reported on the extensive support that various parishes gave in 2015 after a large number of immigrants came to Berlin. The support services were varied. Many clothes were donated, toys were organized for the children and first courses were offered for the newcomers. As an act of Christian charity, some refugees were admitted to give them the opportunity to clarify their residence status.
Even today, help and support for newcomers is an essential task of the institution.

Open Neukölln Festival

Volunteers teaching German in the former town hall

Best Practice 2

(small city in the surroundings of Berlin)

Meeting and Workshop with the
local organization of voluntaries
helping refugees
Willkommeninitiative Falkensee


Contribution of Christian, Frank, Husein, Kathleen, Mzkin, Sabine und viele viele andere

Workshop in small groups and different languages about
“Have you really arrived”; preparation of the public exibition at the next day

Instructions for the workshop

“Have you really arrived”;

- „ Do you feel like you have arrived to a place you can consider your new (at least temporary) home?
- Which are the obstacles do you still have to overcome? What did help you to go through these difficulties?
- Which barriers and which helps to integration have you personally experienced in your life AND in your work with refugees?

- Do you have a first hand experience with the concrete consequences of the relocation and Dublin regulation? Describe it please.
- What can YOU do or and what WE can do?
- Which concrete efforts/steps can YOU carry out in our everyday life AND in the work with new comers?
- How can we help each either? Which are the things that are in common?

EACH group (after 2,5 hours) has to product 1 or 2 picture
frame 70 x 100 cm with a DADA COLLAGE with pictures,
drawings and/or text of MAX 20 words.

Lunch in Falkensee, in the size of Welcome-Initiative /
Informal communication

In The secund day of the meeting, November 29th

We met other relevant experiences:
- the experience of decades with migrants from the Awo organization in Kreuzberg, a historically intercultural district of Berlin;
- the occupation Café Refugio, a hotel that accommodates refugee families (with the permission of the owners of the structure), self-organized by the migrants themselves, with the support of international volunteers.
In the evening the public exhibition Volkshochschule Falkensee was inaugurated, with the presence of local policy representatives, made with photographs and writings of the participants of the workshops of the previous day.

Best Practice 3

Meeting in Awo Kreuzberg, http://www.begegnungszentrum.org/kontakt.html
The work with Refugees of Awo (Arbeiterwohlfahrt Verband) in Berlin
Contribution of Benjamin Eberle, head of Awo-Meeting Center Berlin Kreuzberg

Workshop of autobiographical writing and telling in the Awo Kreuzberg
with people living in multicultural Kreuzberg, about integration,
with the Local Writing Group
Contribution of Katharina Ludwig

Instructions for the workshop

1) Warm up

When do you have the feeling you have arrived somewhere? Ywhen do you really feel at home?
Please write a short shopping list

Please don´t think too much about the answer, just write what come up in your mind.

Please share what you wrote within the group

Did you notice common elements?

2) Please write a short text about "Different ways to „arrive
“ somewhere and feel at home“Versuchen anzukommen"

Think about a time where you have been yourself new in a place,
in a city, in a district, at school or new job.
What did you do in order to feel at home?
How did other people around you react?

Please pick the first idea and then write a short text.

Please share it within the group


Think about a time where you have been yourself new in a place,
in a city, in a district, at school or new job.
What did you do in order to feel at home?
How did other people around you react?

Please pick the first idea and then write a short text.

Best Practice 4 / informal contact

Café in http://www.refugio.berlin

Refugio is a community living project where refugees, students, artists and others live and work together. Half of the people living in Refugio are refugees. Refugio is the second house of this kind in Berlin. First there was a Sharehaus in South Africa, then one in Berlin Kreuzberg, from which the Sharehaus Refugio in Berlin emerged as a project of the Berliner Stadtmission. The project was initiated by two writers, Sven Lager and Elke Naters, who have gained experience in South Africa.
Refugio offers private and decent living spaces with rooms for 40 persons. The rent is within the average of the students rent in Berlin.
Refugio also houses a café on the ground floor, where small groups of refugees and locals can learn and practice German in an informal setting. External users are welcome. Refugio has established contacts with the neighborhood; but there is no specific form of cooperation.
Many residents (also refugees) are now very active as Refugio Lab in developing initiatives also on the city level. Refugio is also a meeting point for several initiatives involved in the work with and for refugees such as querstadtein and Give something back to Berlin.

Results of the Workshop

Exibition opening, in the Volkshochschule Falkensee
(public adult education center) with political representatives

The last day, December 01th, saw a meeting of the international working group to implement the project activities, especially in relation to the "Narrating the dialogue" competition.

Time for intern topic
Presentation of LaBe and of contributions to European Contest
Evaluation of the meeting