From Refugee to Neighbor, Colleague, and Fellow Citizen

Following Germany’s acceptance of many refugees, one question has been dominating the current discourse: How can these refugees be integrated in such a way to allow them to successfully become neighbors, colleagues, and fellow citizens? We support projects that demonstrate concrete methods for successful cohabitation with refugees on a local level - in the professional world or at a karaoke bar.

Marina Kunert | January 2017
SINGA Deutschland: Max Power

In order to establish a new life in Germany, refugees require social contacts, opportunities to find work, and the opportunity to take part in public life.

Our projects in the focus area of Migration, Integration, and Participation take up the banner for the societal integration of refugees. They support refugees with professional mentoring, create opportunities for refugees to meet local citizens face-to-face, and develop cultural programs that everyone can benefit from.

Each project - in some way, shape, or form - provides migrants with an opportunity to participate in society. And yet all of them have one thing in common: they are effective, they take on challenges, and - above all - they demonstrate exemplary character.
 

Get to Know Four of Our Projects

Click your way through the pictures and learn about how the projects make it possible for refugees to integrate themselves into society.

Berlin

SINGA Deutschland – the Three-in-One Idea

SINGA Deutschland brings people both with and without a refugee history together - by way of a professional mentoring program, speaking meetings, and events. For companies and other initiatives, SINGA is a model and a point of contact for all matters regarding the integration of refugees into society.

Constance

My Foreign Twin – Dialog through Something in Common

The My Foreign Twin program helps bring longtime residents of Constance together with refugees who have moved there by using something small they have in common: their date of birth. Despite the completely different courses that their lives may have taken, common birthdays offer something that immediately connects and has nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. The beginning of a dialog on an equal playing field.

Hamm

Job Fair – Companies Meet Refugees: Turning Frustration into Motivation

The longer refugees are in Germany, the more desperate they become to find work. The labor market in Germany cannot be compared to other countries, because professional experience and degrees from foreign countries are often not recognized - which is frustrating for the affected. The Job Fair project in Hamm has turned this frustration into motivation.

Hamburg

Migrantpolitan – Culture by, for, and with Migrants

Located on the grounds of the Kampnagel art and culture platform in Hamburg, Migrantpolitan is a place to come together. There, various outlets are being developed for, by, and with refugees - be it the documentary series "Hello Deutschland" or "Oriental Karaoke," in which songs from Damascus are sung in Hamburg.