Refugees and asylum in Europe

Worldwide, almost 60 million people have been forced to flee their homes. Which reasons are there and under which circumstances do you get recognised as a refugee? How does the EU treat people who come, looking for protection? Does the “area of freedom, security and justice: general aspects” end at the external borders of the EU?

Seminar on refugees and asylum in Europe

A four-hours seminar shines a light on why and how refugee protection has developed on a European level and which positions and agents influence the discussion of European asylum politics. In the last 15 years, an active field of European politics has unfolded: We offer young people an overview of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and sensitise them for the concrete consequences that the asylum procedure has on people who arrive in Germany.

In the courses, we want to open up a space for students to discuss a central political challenge in more depth: How can a procedure and system to protect refugees be developed and guaranteed? What are reasons to flee and which are (legally) recognised? Why was the CEAS drafted, what does it regulate and what is (still) beyond its reach? What hinders its development and implementation? A role-play shows the actors, interests and controversis that shape asylum politics in Europe – and how difficult the political negotiation process is.

The seminars are currently offered in Berlin, Brandenburg, Hamburg Northrhine-Westphalia and Sachsony and are supported by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth within the federal programme ‘Live Democracy!’.

In Berlin/Brandenburg: Seminar day with subsequent discussion

After the seminar, in Berlin and Brandenburg, an optional discussion can be organised with asylum seekers in a Berlin refugee accommodation. In this moderated discussion, the topic of the seminar can be further dealt with, including personal perspectives. For a seminar and a discussion, a total of five to six hours should be scheduled.

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Diversity in Europe

Championing a diverse Europe and sensitising for attitudes that challenge democracy and human rights is complemented by political-historical education which deals with the consequences of exclusion, prosecution and destroyed diversity in Europe in the 20th century in an interactive manner. Political education for a tolerant society in Europe is made accessibly though a mix of dialogue events with decision makers, excursions and projects of meeting activists as well as people affected by racism and exclusion.

This is carried out in our events programme, in the form of time witness talks, visits to exhibitions and through the support of youth-developed projects by the Margot Friedländer Award as well as in cooperations with the Inge Deutschkron Stiftung.

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