Simulation Game

Taberlingen: Addressing Integration of Refugees and Social Cohesion in the Migration Society of Germany

What is the state of social cohesion in the communities in Germany? How can integration in the migration society succeed? What challenges do we face and who should be involved for the integration process to be sustainable?

The highly acclaimed simulation game, Taberlingen, has taken a bold step in its latest edition by incorporating the integration of Ukrainian protection seekers as one of the key components. Players assume the roles of diverse local actors, including representatives from political parties, unions, employers, migrants´ self-organizations and citizen initiatives, within a fictional German municipality. Their task is to navigate the complexities of an integration process in a society, where migration and mobility trigger self-reflexive effects that call into question traditional social self-awareness and raise fundamental questions of social coexistence. Participants deal with the chances and challenges of a migration society and build coalitions to organize the logistical, cultural and political processes in the municipality. Starting with the discussions on distribution of refugees and protection seekers in Germany, they continue with decisions about housing, health, education, labor market and social cohesion on a local level. 

Through engaging gameplay, players gain insights into the self-perceptions and perceptions of others, as well as the opportunities of balancing integration efforts with concerns over national identity and social cohesion.
Brace yourself for an immersive experience that challenges your assumptions, hones your decision-making skills, and enables you to co-create integration and promote diversity in society.