Open one-day event for interested citizens

Workshop Refuge and Asylum

Where are the refugees from who come to Europe? Why are they coming? Should we call them refugees, asylum applicants or asylum seekers? How is my local municipality dealing with the current situation? When talking about refuge, consternation, helpfulness, fears, many questions and a great need to talk are all out in the open, often clashing. Out interactive workshop offers orientation and exchange.

Global backgrounds and local methods regarding refuge, asylum and migration are the focus of these one-day workshops. In order to meet the different participants’ interests, the topic is addressed on different levels and using an array of different methods: input phases provide information on the history of German asylum law and the current situation. The EU asylum system is sketched out, as are the challenges in one’s own municipality. In a short simulation game, participants find themselves confronted with questions of moral courage and right-wing resentment towards refugees. A concluding discussion with guests from the worlds of politics and civil society looks at how the situation will and can realistically develop from here.

The result: Many more questions arose than were originally posed and answered. Those participants who hadn’t previously been aware that they, too, can get active and help made contacts with people who will help them get involved.

Facts + Figures

Target group

Anybody who is interested

  • Background knowledge on refuge and asylum
  • Exchange with others
  • Developing alternatives
  • Discussion with decision makers in politics and civil society

Friedrich Ebert Foundation Hamburg/Bremen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern


1 day

Number of participants



Various, e.g. Hamburg, Bremen, Schwerin