The IB aims to reach the public with campaigns and projects which deal with the European refugee problem and with the political situation of refugees in Europe. Together with people living in the neighbourhood of the transition homes, it is involved in making sure that immigrants are welcomed through activities and events, and by taking up a clear position. The IB Youth Migration Service worked with two IB refuge dormitories to implement the project “Refugee-Flight-Refuge” (Flüchtling – Flucht - Zuflucht) supported by the IB foundation „Schwarz-Rot-Bunt“.
An impressive exhibition draws the attention from the anonymous group of refugees to the individual and his personal story – an important step towards greater acceptance in society.
Furthermore the IB runs a number of dormitories with pedagogical and medically trained personnel to shelter unaccompanied minor refugees.
The IB runs more than 90 Youth Migration Services in total. They advise young people, develop an individual integration plan with them and accompany them through school, vocational training, and job and leisure time. Finding ones’ place in society happens on a local level; this process is promoted by the civic projects of the IB.
This is where networks are established, that provide room and opportunities for meetings between people of different origins - to question mutual prejudices, for a common exchange and to get involved.
Young people with a migration background need good language skills to graduate from school and get involved in society. In addition to individual counselling and guidance, the youth migration services of the IB also offer pupils language and communication courses to improve their language skills. Migrants who are no longer of compulsory school age can attend integration courses especially for young people to learn German as a second language in stepwise progression.
The IB supports refugees and people with a migration background in developing their potentials. The mutual reduction of prejudices and the advancement of intercultural understanding are cross-segmental tasks across all areas of expertise of the IB.
Whether supporting unaccompanied minor refugees, providing language and integration courses or counselling and life planning for youth with migration background – its variety of services in the last decades has made the IB an expert regarding migration and integration with.
In order for integration to work in the long term, however, there is a significant need for a marked increase in commitment, openness and support from all parts of society.