Flight, refuge, migration Collage: Horst Kaluppke Goethe-Institut Montreal Focus: Flight, refuge, migration Extraordinary perspectives and creative solutions to one of today’s most important challenges About the project Photo (detail): Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons) Refugees at German Schools Ideas on Integration Many schools in Germany are still struggling with the task of integrating refugees. In our interview, migration researcher Aladin El-Mafaalani explains why this is, and what could be improved. Photo (detail): Gorilla/Fotolia Discrimination in schools Better marks without a headscarf All children are supposed to have equal educational opportunities – that sounds good in theory. In reality, however, many pupils of migrant origin experience discrimination. A number of initiatives in Berlin are committed to changing this. Photo (detail): Robert Kneschke - Fotolia.com Culture of Welcoming Library Services for Refugees and Asylum Seekers Arriving in a new country with a different culture and language confronts all refugees with a challenge. To make their arrival easier, libraries in Germany offer many different services and so contribute to a culture of welcoming. foundation class Art Academies and Migration “In art there are no borders” The obstacles to university-level art studies are considerable. With special programmes, art academies in Berlin and Leipzig support artists who have fled from conflict zones, and in doing so place reliance on unconventional perspectives in their instruction approaches. Photo (detail): Peter Hammer Verlag Picture books about refugees and foreignness Explaining issues gently but without sugar-coating New picture books from German publishers introduce children to themes relating to refugees, war and xenophobia. Photo (detail) Jim Naughton An interview with Firas Alshater “It's not my dream job, however, to be a refugee” “Who are these Germans?” This is the question Firas Alshater asks on his Youtube channel called Zukar. Check out this interview with the Syrian filmmaker who lives in Berlin and find out his views on acceptance, on what a home country and humour means to him. Photo (detail): agnormark - Fotolia.com The New German Media Makers “Give everyone a voice” “Bring more diversity into the media” is the motto of the New German Media Makers. In an interview, their Deputy Chairman, Chadi Bahouth, explains why the perspective of immigrants gets the short end of the stick in media coverage and how the association wants to change this. Photo (detail): SolisImages - Fotolia.com Foreign Cuisines “Taste is as versatile as identity” Pizza, cappuccino, doner kebab – it is hard to imagine Germany these days without any foreign cuisines. Maren Mhring, a cultural historian, tells us whether food can bridge the gap between different cultures. Where to? 21 questions on flight and migration The new issue of the cultural magazine “das goethe” just appeared. It’s all about refuge and migration plus a questionnaire answered by internationally renowned intellectuals in more than forty countries. Read here about what moves Alexander Kluge. Photo (detail): Sea-Watch Private aid for refugees Under the banner of humanity A group of men and women from Brandenburg refused to watch idly as people die in the Mediterranean. With their ship Sea-Watch, the helpers rescue refugees from the deadly trap. Photo (detail): Basis Filmverleih Asylum and refugees Refugees Welcome – german documentary films Several politically committed films take a nuanced look at those people for whom the flight into the unknown is often the only alternative to marginalization, violence or death in their own homelands. Photo (detail): Max Kratzer Enriching Culture Refugees Open Doors, a Long Way from Home They establish magazines, make films and organize festivals: many refugees make an active contribution to the cultural scene in Germany. Foto (Ausschnitt): @ mikrotext Refugee authors Writing – or not – in exile How persecuted and displaced writers in Germany fight for a new life in literature – and how much strength and luck this requires. Photo (detail): Tentative Collective Migration The city as an engine of tolerance Major cities are cultural contact zones and transit spaces, places of uncertainty and the foreign. The dynamism of change arising from this constitutes the essence of urbanity and is what lends metropolises their stability and attractiveness in the first place. Photo (detail): Leif Hinrichsen Refugee organizations No choice, but a voice Refugees in Germany have founded numerous organizations through which they struggle to achieve recognition of their rights. Their activities are invariably based on the call for more independence through networking. Photo: Goethe-Institut Toronto / Toby Wang Germany @ Canada 2017 Germany: Where the refugee flood is a solution, not a problem What about all those tens of thousands of Syrians, Eritreans and Iraqis who don’t end up bobbing lifeless in the Mediterranean or steered at gunpoint back to the southern shore? Where do they wind up? A reflection on the situation by Canadian journalist Doug Saunders.