Schedule

>> Friday, November 10: Welcome

  • Neighborhood Walk Around Prenzlauer Berg, Antje Scheidler (International Director of European Programs)
  • Welcome by Board Members of Humanity in Action Germany, Dr. Carolin Wiedemann and Lorenz Narku Laing, and Humanity in Action staff members, Johannes Lukas Gartner (Director of Programs, Germany), Antje Scheidler (International Director of European Programs) and Karam Yayha (Forum Program Consultant; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)
  • Between Solidarity and Exclusion – How Germany is Handling Migration, Introductory Forum Reflections by Dr. Carolin Wiedemann, Journalist, Board Members of Humanity in Action Germany
  • Welcome Reception with violin music performed by Azra Dizdar (Humanity in Action Fellow)

>> Saturday, November 11: The City Seen Through The Eyes of Newcomers | Setting the Forum’s Stage

  • City Walks: Berlin’s Neighborhoods Mitte and Neukölln Seen Through the Eyes of Refugees
  • Sharing Participants' Experiences in the Field & Expectations Towards the Program, facilitated by staff
  • Screening of Short Film: Make Reality by Andrew Benincasa
  • Introduction to the Program & Sharing Humanity in Action's Expectations, Johannes Lukas Gartner and Antje Scheidler
  • Debriefing & Wrap Up of the Day

>> Sunday, November 12: Community Building | Realities of Flight

  • Introduction to the Day
  • Building a Community: Interacting, Discussing, Respecting, facilitated by staff 
  • Meeting the Community: Getting to Know Each Other, facilitated by staff
  • Screening of Short Videos: I tried to fly to London on a fake passport (BBC News) & The moment my dinghy sank in the Med (BBC News)
  • Fireside Chat: The Journey, with Karam Yahya (Program Consultant; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow), facilitated by Georgina Rannard (Journalist, Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)  
  • Reflections & Discussion, facilitated by staff 
  • Debriefing & Wrap Up of the Day

>> Monday, November 13: The International Refugee Law Regime | Refugee Identity | Welcome Culture

  • Introduction to the Day
  • Workshop: Introducing the International Refugee Regime - A Legal View on Refugee Status and its Discontents,  Barbara Orth (Migration Scholar; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)
  • The Power of Getting Labeled - On Refugee Identity and Being Othered, Karam Yahya (Program Consultant; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)
  • Refugees Welcome? - A Critical Analysis of Germany's "Willkommenskultur", Sinthujan Varatharajah (Essayist; PhD Candidate, University College London)
  • Reflections & Discussion, facilitated by Jana Gottschalk and Noam Schimmel (Humanity in Action Senior Fellows)
  • Debriefing & Wrap Up of the Day

>> Tuesday, November 14: The European Union’s Refugee Reception Regime | Observations on Myanmar’s Refugee Exodus

  • Introduction to the Day
  • Europe's Refugee Reception Processes: Observations from Greece, Maria Garaki (Senior Program Assistant, UNHCR Greece; Humanity in Action Fellow)
  • Beyond the Headlines: The EU-Turkey Deal in Context, Maximilian Popp (Journalist, Der Spiegel; Member of the Advisory Board, Humanity in Action Germany) 
  • Rohingya and Beyond: Observations on Current Refugee Realities in Myanmar, Andrew Dusek (Humanitarian Practitioner; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)
  • Reflections & Discussion, facilitated by Ashley Portillo and Efthymia Stathopoulou (Humanity in Action Senior Fellows)
  • Debriefing & Wrap Up of the Day

>> Wednesday, November: 15 Arrival and Reception Conditions in Berlin | Innovative Newcomer Housing Projects and Visions

  • Site Visit: Temporary Public Housing for Refugees: Insights and Discussions, Matthias Nowak (Member of the Board of Directors and Head of Communications, TAMAJA), Residents, and Staff
  • Reflections & Discussion, facilitated by Javier Muñoz and Inès Seddiki (Humanity in Action Senior Fellows)
  • SuperSpace - Experimental Spaces for Temporary Habitation, Dr. Niklas Maak (Architect; Arts Editor, Franfurter Allgemeine Zeitung; Annual Visitor, Harvard University Graduate School of Design)
  • Fireside Chat: Nieuw Thuis - New Home: A Rotterdam Housing and Integration Project for and with Syrian Refugees, with Sanne Hettema (Head of Language, Labour Market and Children’s Development, Stichting Nieuw Thuis Rotterdam; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow) facilitated by Judith Scheer (Coordinator at Refugee Counseling Office; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)
  • Debriefing & Wrap Up of the Day

>> Thursday, November 16: Newcomer-led Civil Society | Newcomer Empowerment

  • Project Visit: The Migration Hub Network, Hannah Wuzel (Communication and Advocacy Manager, The Migration Hub Network)
  • Project Visit: Bureaucrazy - Simplifying German Bureaucracy for Newcomers, Munzer Khattab  and Ghaith Zamrik (Co-Founders, Bureaucrazy)
  • Project Visit: LouLou - Meeting Place For Old & New Neighbors, Mariana Karkoutly (Project Manager, StadtRand gGmbH)
  • Debriefing about the Project Visits
  • The European Student Union Approach - On the Impact of Re-Gaining Student Status, Karam Yahya
  • Panel Discussion: Newcomer Empowerment & Community Organizing, with Napuli Paul, Zulaikha Afzali and Hamidullah Nazari (Students, Humboldt University GetMA Program), facilitated by Faith Oloruntoba (Volunteer City Editor, CafeBabel Aarhus; Humanity in Action Fellow)
  • Reflections & Discussion, facilitated by Tara Dickman and Michael Keller (Humanity in Action Senior Fellows)
  • Debriefing & Wrap Up of the Day

>> Friday, November 17: Newcomer Health Needs and Services | Labor Market Access | Allyship

  • Introduction to the Day
  • Panel Discussion: Mental and Psychological Health Among Refugee Populations - Realities, Needs, and Practical Experience, with Ahmad Aghar Gdeed (Psychological and Social Counselor, IPSO GmbH) and Maria Ntetsika (Administrative Officer, Babel Day Center; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow), facilitated by Benjamin Larson (Physician, University of Pennsylvania; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)
  • Project Presentation: Wish for WASH – Innovation to Sanitation, Jasmine Burton (Founder and President, Wish for WASH; Business Studies Officer, Toilet Board Coalition; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)
  • Fireside Chat: Access to the Labor Market – Opportunities and Challenges, with Isabel Schröer (Former Job Advisor for Asylum Seekers, Federal Employment Agency; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow), facilitated by Eva Degler (Migration Policy Analyst, OECD; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)
  • Reflections & Discussion, facilitated by Laura Cahier and Eliza Rutynowska (Humanity in Action Senior Fellows)
  • Effective and Critical Allyship for Newcomers, Prof. Dr. Nivedita Prasad (Professor, Alice-Salomon-University of Applied Science; Member of the Advisory Board, Humanity in Action Germany)
  • Networking Dinner with Members of the Board of Directors and Members of the Advisory Board of Humanity in Action Germany
  • Optional: Senior Fellows Happy Hour with Berlin-based Humanity in Action Senior Fellows

>> Saturday, November 18 Integration Policymaking | The Conflict Kitchen | Program Evaluation

  • Introduction to the Day
  • On the Characteristics of Forward-Looking Migrant-Inclusive Integration Policymaking, Sidonie Fernau (Head of Diversity and Migration, Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband Hamburg)
  • Reflections & Discussion, facilitated by Simone Zalla Aumaj and Adam Stasiak (Humanity in Action Fellows)
  • Project Presentation: The Conflict Kitchen – Empowerment Through Food for Thought, Jarmiła Rybicka (Co-Founder, Conflict Foundation; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow) and Paulina Milewska (CEO, Conflict Foundation; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)
  • Evaluation of the Program
  • Debriefing & Wrap Up of the Day

>> Sunday, November 19: Farewell Brunch

  • Farewell Brunch & Closing Reflections