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Position Germany

Migration – Positions

Position of the Diakonie Germany

Practical help and political advocacy for migrants are essential elements of the Christian charitable mission.

Political position in relation to migration of the Diakonie Germany (March 2013)

“As the Diakonie, the social welfare organization of Germany’s Protestant churches, we support the concept of inclusion in regard to our political position in relation to migration: Every human who lives in Germany should be accepted as an individual and should have the opportunity to partake in society and its institutions. Where participation rights are not put in effect, discrimination must be pointed out and barriers must be taken down.”

(Migrationspolitische Positionen der Diakonie Deutschland)

Central principles regarding the conceptualization of “Kirchlich-Diakonische Migrationsberatung” (Christian charitable migration counseling) of the Diakonie Baden (December 2006)

– Justice, the dignity of the individual, care for the weak, all these are social fields in which the church has always been active and must continue to do so to live up to their ethic commitment.

– Support of refugees and people with a migration background are thus a central aspect of Christian charitable work.

– Conflicts with legal regulations, governmental decisions and wide-spread opinions among the majority of the population cannot be ruled out.

– Social advocacy and advocatory action are basic principles of Christian charitable work.

– The counseling service supports any foreigner regardless of gender, religion, ideology, skin color, nationality or heritage.

Find all principles, goals, and offers here:

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Volunteer work is essential for the realization of help offers under the guiding idea of inclusion. Integration into the community would not be possible without the large number of volunteers and their initiatives.

Fields of activities for volunteers

Volunteer work is diverse: Depending on interest, ability, previous knowledge and availabilities, volunteers work in different types of fields:

– Contributing in meeting places (for example: “Café International,” organization of social nights, meeting weekends, leisure time activities for children and adolescents, sports offers, creative/art offers)

– Contributing in language classes and support of professional qualification

– Support of children from migrant families (for example with homework etc.)

– Various types of neighborly help

– Support in finding employment or accommodation, help with authorities, explaining and translating official letters, typing letters and filling out forms

– Specific support of asylum seekers in their procedure for granting the right of asylum; reviewing reasons for escape, support in the research of proves, help in visiting authorities, etc. in close collaboration with full-time professionals and lawyers of the respective field.

– Sponsorship particularly for unaccompanied minors.

Basic principles of volunteer work in the field of migration work

Volunteer work cannot replace professional full-time social work, but it can complement it. The Diakonie covers the following tasks:

– Support volunteer work

– Finding appropriate task fields for volunteers

– Coordinating full-time social work with volunteers meaningfully

– Supporting the volunteers with professional expertise (qualification, exchange, supervision, etc.)

Volunteer work with refugees and migrants should enable self-help, make use of existing resources, and support and foster cooperation. The migrants’ and refugee’s sense of responsibility, self-esteem, and their own strengths should be encouraged. They must to be considered active participants in all efforts to improve their life situation.

The congregations are an important point of reference for the volunteers. Here, they can develop various forms of support. Congregations can make use of their strong position in society to foster and further acceptance in the local community, to help people make connections on a personal level.