FuGeeLa: Refugees in Berlin #2

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Every week there are news about the situation of refugees in Berlin. Here’s a summary of what’s been happening and how you can help. This is the English version of an article on Mit Vergnügen, hier kannst du ihn auf Deutsch lesen.

Number of the week

5.000 | The monthly expenses of aid organization Moabit Hilft,  who are supporting the refugees at the registration office. They need 900 Euro per month alone to buy blankets. Money is urgently needed. Moabit Hilft is supported by local clubs, organization and volunteers and is financed by donations. Support them here.

How’s the situation at the registration office, LaGeSo?

A guard was hit by a stone last week during a commotion, says the Berliner Zeitung. The situation is still tense.

What’s the city of Berlin doing?

Senator for social policy, Mario Czaja, finally found the solution for the problem: immediate deportation. Great idea.

Governing mayor Michael Müller finally gave an official government statement regarding the situation of refugees (read it here). 5700 people are supposed to be housed in the former Tempelhof airport, and children shall receive education.
Berliner Zeitung says Müller called for Czaja’s resignation with his speech.

180 applications for asylum are currently processed at the registration facility at Wilmersdorf’s Bundesallee. A lot less than planned.

The old city house of Friedenau at Breslauer Platz is supposed to become a shelter in February, the 1. FC Union soccer club will also open its club house over the winter. The German Bundestag is allowing athletes of the police, fire departments and more into their own gyms, if theirs are used as shelters.

How can we integrate refugees into the job market? The German trade association considers refugees as a big opportunity – as consumers and employees. More on Tagesspiegel.de

Any good news?

“Letters From Abroad” is a video project by Berlin production company Dreikantfilm, showing the faces behind the numbers. People, who had to leave their home and want to start a new life in Germany, are portrayed. Like Salah from Syria:

How can you help this week?

Christiane Beckmann of Moabit Hilft and journalist Peter Schaber are discussing how to deal and help with the situation this Thursday at “Acud”.

The project Home not Shelter is researching solutions to find homes for refugees. It is hosted by universities, including TU Berlin. From Nov. 20th they will publicly discuss at Orangelab (Ernst-Reuter-Platz). All infos here.

From Nov 23rd till 26th it’s Reading for Refugees at Backfabrik – three nights have eleven authors reading from their books. All proceeds from ticket and book sales go to Moabit Hilft.

On Nov 24th, Give Something Back to Berlin is having a refugee connection building event, means you can meet migrants and many more for a global-migrant-friendship-connection-making-evening in a casual atmosphere, and find new ideas for projects, initiatives and what-not. More here.

Get Involved

Refugee Board lists all initiatives and projects to aid refugees to help connect refugees and supporters. If you got a project and want to be listed, choose “Ich bin Projektinitiator”.

Information and links to initiatives in Berlin can be found on the website of Flüchtlingsrat Berlin and at bürgeraktiv. Register at volunteer planner to start helping at shelters.