During the last years many unaccompanied minors arrived to Germany from different countries. Fleeing from unbearable living conditions they try to build up new life’s here. As a first stage upon their arrival they are accommodated in facilities, where they share small rooms with young people from different countries, and wait till a decision about their future is taken by the authorities. Although in many cases the employees of such facilities try their best to adequately take care about the needs and traumata of the young people, their resources are limited. The fact, that in those facilities young refugees from very different cultures and educational backgrounds live together in a very small place is further tensioning the situation. In order to reduce the conflicts between the young people, CRISP was invited to facilitate a dialogue process, within one of those facilities. During a series of three workshops, we brought together 45 participants from different African countries, Syria, Afghanistan and Russia. By different non-verbal methods we tried to make them understand the perspectives of the other side, and develop rules and guidelines to create a more respectful atmosphere in the facility.
Unaccompanied minor refugees from different African countries, Syria, Afghanistan and Russia.
The most crucial outcome was that the participants started to understand the perspectives of the other side. By dealing with the question of how they perceive themselves and how they are perceived by other, they realized, that in the end, they all share similar visions and dreams for their future in Germany. This helped them to realize, that it is not the other refugees, who are to blame for their current situation. Through this change of perspective we hope, that we could lay a base for a more respectful living together in the facility. Also we established some guiding principles together with them, how they can deal with situations of conflict on an individual level. By this we hope to have a more sustainable impact on the situation.