German Federal Minister of the Interior visits a Johanniter refugee centre in Berlin

Berlin, Germany, 11. November 2016

Thomas de Maizière (left), Wolf-Ingo Kunze (right)

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On 11 November 2016, Thomas de Maizière, the German Federal Minister of the Interior, visited an emergency accommodation station run by Johanniter in Berlin-Moabit. A pilot project of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees called ‘First orientation and introduction to values for asylum seekers’ has been launched there in September 2016.

20 refugees, mainly from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Syria, have been receiving in this frame an overview about living in Germany and they have been acquiring German language skills. 12 women and 8 men from this course are offered a guidance regarding practical issues, such as shopping, healthcare, education, work and housing market. Additionally, introduction to values and customs in Germany is included in the syllabus and made obligatory for all participants. Besides important information about the German society, information on conditions of a possible later return to the country of origin are provided. 

According to Wolf-Ingo Kunze, Federal Board member of Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe Germany and recently appointed JOIN Board interim member, these orientation courses represent a corner stone for further integration activities. 

This pilot project mainly focuses on refugees with unclear perspective to stay in Germany. There are namely none integration courses organised at the federal level for this target group at the moment. Johanniter Germany is one of three contractors that organise this pilot project and our JOIN member has organised 31 courses in 21 centres so far.