"Our answer to the challenges of integration work is simple: Get Involved! Meet your neighbours. Get to know whoever is considered “the other”. Work together," writes Annamaria Olsson in the foreword of our 10 Year Impact Report.
We celebrated our 10th anniversary last week and threw a birthday party as diverse and fun as our organization itself. Our speakers sent out strong messages, and the performers made the dancefloor go wild.
As a result of the massive influx of migrants, which saw the largest groups coming from Syria and Afghanistan, a German “Wilkommenkultur,”or Welcome Culture, quickly developed. Instigated by German civil society, groups voluntarily mobilized en masse to support refugee integration in numerous ways. This included the establishment of a number of grassroots organizations – an estimated 150 in Berlin alone.
Around this table, our relations became closer, and we became more than a family. We became close, and this table became the nucleus of our supposed homeland, which we built together, meal by meal and cup by cup.