Johanniter Germany´s declaration on refugee assistance

Butzbach, Germany, 08. March 2016

Picture by Johanniter Germany

Members of the federal executive board and of the various regional executive councils of Johanniter Germany adopted a declaration on their responsibility in helping refugees. Johanniter Germany together with 90 other participants made a public statement on 29 February 2016, during a conference held in Butzbach where nationwide best practices on refugee assistance were shared.

Under the heading "For human dignity and peaceful coexistence", Johanniter committed to assist refugees as a part of their humanitarian task. They pledged to continue to jointly work together to help people who seek refuge in Germany, and also to support their integration. The integration process envisaged by Johanniter Germany is twofold: it entails integration into society, but also the integration of people with various backgrounds and different cultures in their own organisation.

Johanniter Germany advocates for a peaceful coexistence of all people in Germany, which includes mutual respect for one another. At the same time, they condemn all forms of intolerance, xenophobia and violence directed towards refugees, but also towards employees and volunteers.

"For us, aid for people in need is self-evident and independent of religion, nationality and culture and asylum status," said Wolfram Rohleder, Federal Board member. "Against the backdrop of an increasingly negative public debate we must insist on our responsibility towards people who look to us for protection".

The exact wording of the declaration on refugee assistant (in German) can be found here

Johanniter Germany assists refugees in various ways: they operate more than 120 refugee facilities across Germany. These include numerous facilities for unaccompanied minors, initial reception and shared accommodations. Additionally, they also provide medical, social, educational and psychosocial care. Furthermore, they counsel and support new arrivals in their first steps towards integration. Through Johanniter International Assistance they also they contribute to improving the living conditions of people in the regions of origin.