Eviction, harassment and a life in limbo: Halima’s story
Forced to relocate miles from her children’s Berlin kindergarten, Halima Farah has been working to find a solution for her family. But she faces a lack of support from those entrusted with her welfare, bureaucratic delays violence and intimidation from building management.
A sunny outlook for migrant jobseekers in Germany
Syrian reporter and editor Majid Albunni interviews a German migration expert about the prospects for migrants seeking work in Germany. With the right qualifications and a bit of patience, the outlook is reasonably good.
Popping the bubble: How to talk to people you don’t agree with
For many people heading home last Christmas, difficult conversations about race, immigration and prejudice awaited them. Rarely do these conversations have a satisfying ending.
Is Migration Good, Bad, or Normal?
Part ten (the final part) of our course Migration 101: Renowned migration scholar Hein de Haas takes us a step back from the pro vs. con debate on migrants and refugees, helping us to examine migration from the perspective of the shared human story.
Want More or Less Migration? Here’s What to Think About.
Part nine of our course Migration 101: Countries tend to prefer high-skilled migrants to low-skilled migrants, despite having industries that require low-skilled workers. Is it possible to entertain both approaches, asks scholar Hein de Haas, and what else should migration policies be thinking about?
How Talal from Syria built a massive online network of 1 million+ newcomers
Early in 2015 we had just started organising our monthly Team Ups and at one of our first ones, two curious and energetic Syrian men turned up. "We want to do something! We want to get involved! Volunteer, work, anything!" they said. Talal had only arrived in Germany two weeks earlier.
Orla – improving her German through volunteering with disabled people
Orla Gill is a volunteer at GSBTB's partner organisation Dynamis, an organisation supporting people living with disabilities. Orla tells us how her experience volunteering has given her a broader perspective on life in Berlin and helped to improve her German skills.
The Geoscientist running #BIKEYGEES on volunteering, start-ups and female empowerment
An interview with Dr Anne Seebach, co-founder of #BIKEYGEES, where GSBTB volunteers are supporting newcomer women to explore the city by bicycle.
Afraid of terrorism? A Tempelhof case study on how NOT to make democratic citizens out of refugees
What could have been a positive opportunity for the residents' empowerment turned into a painful example of how they feel stereotyped and pushed around by the authorities.
Tempelhof’s Little Zoo
Mice, rats, birds and a single goldfish, all living in Tempelhof refugee shelter. "What hurts me the most is that the people responsible for the camp think that living in a disgusting and dirty room is normal in our culture."
Petition from Tempelhof refugee shelter residents regarding the Container Village
An open letter and petition from the residents on the growing container village on Tempelhofer Feld, which is expected to become their home later this year.
What We Do
GSBTB Meets Fête de la Musique
GSBTB organized a full day of music showcases, kid's activities and social mixing as part of the city-wide Fete de la Musique.
GSBTB Open Art Shelter hosts its Women and Kids Open Art Shelter
GSBTB Open Art Shelter hosted a small gathering of women and children on the Refugio roof. They had a range of fun activities planned for attendees and set up a cosy atmosphere for them to relax, chill and have fun in the sun.
GSBTB Open Music School hosts the Yale Spizzwinks from the US
GSBTB Open Music School Social Singing Group hosted the Yale Spizzwinks acapella group for a singing workshop and performance.