MIGRATION AND CULTURE
Isatou Joof is taking care of women in need
ifa | People celebrate Halloween in autumn every year to scare off evil spirits. In the German reception centre of the Red Cross in Brandenburg, they are warded off every day: The 27-years-old Isatou Joof from Gambia is taking care of women in need. She is one of this year's fellows of the ifa CrossCulture Programme CCP Refugess and Migration.
By Jan Rübel
Comment on European Development Policy
SWP | To what extent does socio-economic development promote or reduce migration? The so-called migration hump and its significance for European development policy co-operation with Sub-Saharan Africa is addressed in a paper recently published by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). As the authors point out, it is problematic when policy makers assume stopping development aid will stop migration. It is evident that migration decisions are also influenced by further factors.
CrossCulture fellow about his experience
ifa | As the first country in North Africa, Morocco started a regularization process, which gave migrants from sub-Sahara Africa the chance to apply for a residence permit. CrossCulture fellow Nour Eddine Bellahbib works with those migrants and is an advocate for the improvement of their situation. At an intercultural Workshop in Stuttgart he talked about his work in Morocco as well as the expectations of his CrossCulture internship in Berlin.
Interview by Leontine Päßler
Book review: Sinan Antoon's "The Baghdad Eucharist"
Qantara.de | 'To leave or not to leave Iraq?' is the central question of Antoon's novel "The Baghdad Eucharist". The story takes place after transnational militants entered the Church of Our Lady of Deliverance in Baghdad and opened fire. The attitude of the two protagonists’ Youssef and Maha is fundamentally different. Whereas the elderly Youssef has a nostalgic and optimistic view of Iraqi life, the young Maha is preparing herself for a future elsewhere. Antoon's novel was shortlisted for the 'International Prize for Arabic Fiction'. By Marcia Lynx Qualey.
The future of the Middle East
Qantara.de | If we are ever to break the modern Middle East′s cycle of crises, we must not lose sight of the future. Across the Arab world four trends are already brewing a new set of problems for the coming decade.
By Tarek Osman
How culture and the arts can promote intercultural Dialogue in the context of Migratory and refugee crisis
ifa | The publication shares various case studies by the working group of EU member states' experts on intercultural dialogue. Focusing on empowerment, integration ,and evaluation, the report wants to show how culture and the arts can promote intercultural dialogue.
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
RSCAS | The paper within the EUI Working Papers series analyses the effect of the import of cultural goods, be it cultural heritage, performance, visual arts, or other on emigration decisions. 'The import of cultural goods, by affecting individual preferences, reduces the cost of any migration move and favours outflows towards exporting countries.' In a gravity model 33 OECD destination countries and 184 sending countries have been examined.
By Mauro Lanati and Alessandra Venturini
ifa | The living room is vast, easily big enough to accommodate a football pitch – and at the moment a couple of dozen refugees. In Berlin-Spandau, 750 refugees live in the Stadtmission refugee centre, a former cigarette factory comprising a number of production areas. It was the place of work for Florian Börner and Ahmed Al-Shaikhli, former fellows of the CCP programme Refugees and Migration.
By Jan Rübel
ifa | I travelled to several West African countries trying to find a "home" away from home with the hope of a speedy return to complete my college education.
By Ahmed Khan
ifa | What does it mean to arrive in a new country? How does being forced to flee your homeland affect your sense of identity? What prospects and opportunities await refugees in Germany? On 13 December 2016, representatives of civil society, politics and the media came together with Syrian refugees who had been granted ifa fellows at the Sharehaus Refugio in Berlin to discuss these questions.
Report by Neda Pouryekta
Culture Report, EUNIC Yearbook 2014/2015
ifa | French urban ghettoes that originally had the character of 'transit' or 'passage' stations for new immigrants turned into 'spaces of relegation' once employment was deregulated, becoming precarious and volatile, and unemployment became durable. This eminent sociologist, born in Poznan in 1925, reveals how the resentment and animosity of the established population grew into a virtually impenetrable wall, locking out the newcomers-turned-outsiders.
By Zygmunt Bauman
Refuge. Point – Episode 2
Alumniportal Deutschland | The inflow of refugees to Germany has slowed. But that doesn’t mean that there are no refugees anymore; on the contrary, people are still fleeing from Syria. Some of those who are committed to looking after refugees have taken part in the CrossCulture Programme (CCP) "Refugees and Migration".
By Verena Striebinger
Fine arts and politics
ifa | Does art have to be political? What is the relation between politics and art? A conversation with Alya Sebti, curator of the ifa exhibition "Carrefour / Meeting Point", and Megumi Matsubara, artist and architect from Japan.
Interview by Juliane Pfordte
ifa Galleries: Carrefour / Meeting Point
On the Indonesian culture of sharing
Yeast | Until May the ifa Gallery Berlin shares its space with the transdisciplinary collective KUNCI Cultural Studies Centre from Yogyakarta. In a four-week research project, KUNCI will transform the gallery space into a temporary radio station, in which the Indonesian practice of "numpang" will be collectively questioned as a politics of sharing space, place and time.
Yeast met Syafiatudina for an interview.
"Flow of refugees" and Human Rights
Qantara.de | "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights": the Universal Declaration of Human Rights couldn't be much clearer. Still the political response to the current flood of refugees is inevitably proving insufficient. Pia Oberoi, advisor on migration and human rights with the UNHCR, examines the issue.
By Pia Oberoi
Culture Report / EUNIC Yearbook 2014/2015
Europe: Closed Doors or Open Arms?
Whether it is religion, language, upbringing, education, sport or media – culture holds the key to successful integration. The various strategies of Europe’s Member States could hardly be more different. There are signs that civil and socioeconomic integration policies are beginning to be harmonised in Europe, but the cultural dimension is still determined by national concepts and ideas. Which strategies have proven their worth? What can culture achieve? And what does Europe need to do to improve the integration of migrants into mainstream society? How can Europe resolve the conflict between a repressive refugee policy and a rational migration policy?
Zygmunt Bauman: A culture of exclusion
Umberto Eco: An uncontrollable natural phenomenon
Bassam Tibi: Do we need a new Enlightenment?
Richard Sennett: Stimulating dissonances
Isabel Schäfer: Europe, a continent of immigration
Mely Kiyak: Angela, have mercy
Mely Kiyak: It's a crazy world – I'm keeping my distance
Mely Kiyak: A warm welcome to the concentration camp
Mely Kiyak: Ethnic appearance, blah, blah!
Culture Report / EUNIC Yearbook 2014/2015: order on ifa Media