News of Berlin Refugee Movement – from inside

Abolish Residenzpflicht! Abolish ‚Lagers‘! Stop Deportations! Right to Work and Study!


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LOOKA HERE! Magazine, Edition No. 11 (digital version) out now!

looka here cover
(to read the magazine as a PDF, please click on the cover)


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Story by Dawid Krawczyk of Krytyka Polityczna on the Refugee Movement Berlin: “Not everything works out as planned”

On Ohlauer Strasse in Berlin there is a building that once housed a co-educational high school. Later it stood empty. Now refugees live in it. Behind a gate with two guards, under constant surveillance.

‘No, no! You can’t take photos here. Outside the bars you can,’ I hear a few seconds after I decide to enter the school area. Alongside the guards I also see a smiling man coming towards me. He wears a winter cap and a light down jacket. His name is Alnour Ahmad-Hassan, a resident of the school. He calms the guard down.

‘Okay, let’s get out of here. At the corner there is a café. We can sit there and talk in peace,’ Alnour suggests.

‘So this is how it is here now?’ I ask, surprised.

‘Yes, more or less. You see, they are isolating us here completely.’

fot. Andrea Linss
Entrance gate of Gerhart Hauptmann school at Ohlauer Straße, Berlin. 2 July 2014 © Andrea Linss

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‘What would you like to know?’ asks Alnour several minutes later, sipping his black coffee.

‘Everything, basically.’

‘If everything, it would be good to start at the beginning.’

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The self-organized refugee squat Orfanotrofeio in Thessaloniki

Credit: Črna luknja

Credit: A-Radio Berlin *English, * German, * Spanish translation

The following audio is a recording made by activists of the self-organized refugee squat Orfanotrofeio in Thessaloniki, Greece. This material has been made available to us by our comrades at Črna Luknja, the anarchist radio show at Radio Študent in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Continue reading


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Appeal for refugee community network from Konradsreuth, Bayern

german & french & russian translation below

To all Refugees in Konradsreuth and Hof Districts

For about 2 years now in Frauenhof, we refugees from Ukrain and Cheychenia have been living together as family community in Konradsreuth with the status of asylum applicant refugees. We support one another through social cultural exchange in our daily relationship.

Since then, many more refugees have been transferred here to live in the village of Konradsreuth and in other districts of Hof, therefore we think it is time to widen our network and community.

It is our belief in human dignity that motivates us to propose an active and independent platform of refugee community to advance our unity for fundamental human rights, for freedom and for the well-being of refugees. Continue reading


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In Germany A Passport From Nigeria Is Not Respected – Rex Osa, Activist

video on sahara-tv on embassy deportation crime with Rex Osa, Voice Refugee Forum

Germany based Nigerian activist, Rex Osa of the Voice Refugee Forum shed light on the harsh treatment Nigerian refugees and asylum seekers face in Germany and the little help the Nigerian Embassy in Germany provides. “Deportation we know is the culture in Germany,” explained Osa. He described the deplorable living conditions of refugees in Germany and the restrictions put on those with the status. “As a refugee in Germany you are not allowed to go outside your district. If you are by chance caught outside you are penalized,” said Osa, who accused the Nigerian Embassy in Germany of being involved in a “deportation scheme.”

another article on the topic at newspaper “der freitag” in german: Der Pass wird passend gemacht

 


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Civil Society 4.0 – Refugees and Digital Self Organization

2016, Mar 03, Thu — 2016, Mar 05, Sat

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin

Refugee Hackathon

© Lionel-Kreglinger/Berlin 2015

Refugees are also digital trailblazers; the use of smartphones and social media are essential both for their escape and for everyday life in their new homes. For voluntary refugee aids, digital tools are also of great importance. Recently projects such as the platform www.arriving-in-berlin.de have demonstrated how important the web is for the self-organization of refugees. The Civil Society 4.0 conference aims to network the many initiatives and projects. Continue reading


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The Struggles Continue: New Year’s Compliments in honour of Fela Kuti / Kalakuta Republic (MOP – Movement of the people)

Credit: The Voice Refugee Forum in Germany

german below

Greetings from Kalakuta Republic / The Unspoken Cultural Revolution from  Africa against the Military Brutality in 70s and 80s in Nigeria.

Feel free to listen and spread this call in honour of our historical struggles from Nigeria and Africa! Continue reading