Democracy and participation, Migration, Transnational cooperation of the younger generation



Who is behind this?

Inga Marie Sponheuer

Medizinische Flüchtlingshilfe Bochum (MFH) [medical aid for refugees Bochum]


Who is joining forces?

Goethe-Institut Marseille (GI)


Within the youth art project “Cities on the Edge” both institutions are already cooperating. This cooperation is a real success and the idea of the project TRANSIT is born in this context.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

We´re worried about our democratic system whose breeding ground is the prevalent ability to participate. In the same time European citizen are required to ignore the mass mortality in the Mediterranean Sea. WE WANT TO CHANGE THIS! In cooperation with youths from the participant countries we want to build a rescue-island, like the one from the ‘center for political beauty’. In a symbolic manner, 1000 islands are needed for building a bridge. The island is a sign for a humanitarian Europe.

Where will your idea take place?

Marseille is a place with a long migration history, a place of transit and a European entrance gate.

Why does Europe need your idea?

Today European citizens are more and more confronted with national and territory-oriented efforts. Especially in these times it is very important for the younger and our future generation to set up a humanitarian sign in Europe. TRANSIT stands for a continent that is not only looking but acting.

What is your impact?

The transnational cooperation creates a EU sense of community among the youths. A feeling, that everything could be different, if we think and act outside the box and national borders. The project will last even after its implementation. The partnership of both cities should undergo a continuation.

How do you get there?

A group of young people of the Ruhr area will travel with educators and architects to Marseille. Together with young persons from Marseille and with partners of the GI Marseille, they will elaborate a construction plan for the island of rescue. The Center for Political Beauty, which already did such an island, is advising with its knowhow. After its finalization, the island will be installed in the Mediterranean area. The MFH initiates a thematical and analyzing mentoring.

What is your story?

MFH and GI see themselves as institutions with a European mission. Both structures stand up for a vision of the European integration and a common European culture area, which is based on cultural diversity. They also engage for a set of values of inclusion, openness, freedom and justice.

Who are you doing it for?

Direct target audience:
Young people between 16 and 25 years living in the Ruhr area or Marseille.
Indirect target audience:
Public which is informed about the project via public relations, media and events and who are asked to participate

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

The international network Advocate Europe and its strong political approach is very significant for the sustainability of our project. TRANSIT is a symbolic project which can be expanded and realized in other forms. Thus, we appreciate every idea and impulse to think this project a step further.



GI Mars

Idea created on Jan. 18, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 18, 2018

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