ifa blog

Interviews, essays, reports – in the ifa blog, the diverse topics of the ifa are vividly presented in various formats.

Give back childhood

For a long time, the Kurdish areas in the border region of Syria, Iraq and Turkey have been the target of attacks from different directions - after pushing back ISIS, Turkey in ...

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"Anybody is a potential refugee"

Largely unnoticed by the debate on refugees in Western European countries, Uganda in East Africa has become an important country of asylum, receiving over 1.5 million refugees. Irene ...

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Sablettes beach in Algiers. The pace of illegal migration has intensified, despite prison terms of six months for those arrested by the coastguard. Photograph: Zineb Bettayeb

'I live on crumbs': why older Algerians risk the small boats to Spain

Nouara is 65 but ready to join thousands of others who burn their ID and pay traffickers for a chance of a new life in Europe.

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Europe, Elf Moondance © pixabay

Time to restore trust

At this time of great anxiety and geopolitical disorder, three unprecedented challenges knock on our doors: climate change, demography and migration, and the digital era. These all ...

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Kabul and the Lessons to be Learned

After the Western failure in Afghanistan, it is very obvious that cultural foreign policy must either have a clear long-term commitment or explicitly state that assistance is temporary ...

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People are on the street and there is a stand with balloons

'Celebration of Our Common Cultural Life'

Sixty years ago the Federal Republic of Germany signed the recruitment agreement with Turkey. According to the literary scholar Nesrin Tanç, the perspective of the so-called 'guest ...

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Detail from the comic 'Temple of refuge'

TEMPLE OF REFUGE: ­'A Better World for Everyone'

In 2016, Sartep Namiq fled from Iraqi Kurdistan to Berlin. In a utopian comic book, realised together with cyberpunk legend Bruce Sterling and a new star of the German comic scene Felix ...

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Annual Report 2020: Impressions of an Unusual Year

Societies around the world have been marked by the Corona pandemic. ifa, too, has been impacted, and like the rest of the world, the institute found new ways to bring people together, ...

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'We must learn to endure the inextricable contradictions'

What role are religious communities playing during the pandemic? This question is at the centre of a study conducted by the ifa Research Programme 'Culture and Foreign Policy'. A ...

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