Migration, Democracy and participation

looking back – moving forward


Who is behind this?

Sigrun Drapatz




Who is joining forces?

Network Migration in Europe



Foundation for European Studies



Kirkayak Culture, Art & Enviroment Association



Prof. Dr. Jan Asmussen, Marine University Gdynia, Poland Agata Miloch, To.pole, Poland, www.to-pole.org

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

In crossborder workshops for multipliers in Poland, Germany and Turkey we will examine (forced) migration in the 20th and 21 century, the construction of national identity and political concepts of belonging and exclusion. Drawing the line from past to present subject will be the political and legal situation of refugees, stateless people and irregular migrants and the system of refugee protection. We will meet with organizations working with refugees and visit best practice models.

Where will your idea take place?

Gdynia, Poland; Berlin/ Bremerhaven, Germany; Gaziantep, Turkey

Why does Europe need your idea?

Nationalism, xenophobia and islamophobia have been popping up strongly in Europe. We want to support openness and empathy towards migrants and especially refugees. Dealing with history helps to understand the present, it shows the cultural construction of national identity and helps to find new perspectives. Looking back to a multi-ethnic past serves as a means to relieve people's fear of foreigners.

What is your impact?

Our aim is the empowerment and interlinking of people working and dealing with refugees in Germany, Poland and Turkey. We want to enable multipliers to counter xenophobia and nationalism. Through the crossborder cooperation of German, Polish and Turkish NGOs and the interdisciplinary structure of the workshops we will establish a strong network. We want to meet to meet each other on the same level, ensuring personal contact, and maintaining structures based on a spirit of partnership.

How do you get there?

The interdisciplinary workshops will all have a different focus and refer to the specific locations by working with local NGOs, museums, and (inter-)national organizations. 1. Gdynia: history of migration (taking advantage of the new Emigration Museum), concepts of national belonging and current national actions of border security and refugee refusal. 2. Berlin: human rights and the system of refugee protection, visiting various refugee projects; trip to the German Emigration Center in Bremerhaven. 3.Gaziantep: the situation of refugees in Turkey, NGOs working with refugees; Roma refugees.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Multipliers like educators, trainers, coordinators, social workers, activists and people working in the cultural field.

What makes your idea stand apart?

The opportunity to learn in a German-Polish-Turkish interdisciplinary project about migration, human rights, and the cultural construction of national ideas. We want to be creative together, thinking outside the box get an understanding of different (national) perspectives and to learn from each other and have fun.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

35.000 EUR divided among the three countries for organizing and hosting the workshop, including travelcosts of participants, accommodation, fees etc.); 15.000 EUR for overall organization and project research

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We want to learn about refugee projects and connect with activists. Contact us!si


Sigrun Drapatz

Idea created on March 6, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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