View of the Brandenburg Gate from Pariser Platz, which is busy with a few passers-by

Study tours

Practical impressions and new impulses: the guided tours introduce the themes of the conference and give an impression of Berlin, its people and local integration practices. The goal is to give participants insights into the (inter)cultural, historical and political realities of the host city and its society. To offer this insight the 25th International Metropolis Conference Berlin collaborates with NGOs in the Network Integration through Qualification (IQ) as well as the public administration of the labour market integration in Germany. Additionally, the study tours combine elements of sightseeing with a historical contextualisation of Germany`s colonial history, contract workers in the former German Democratic Republic as well as the fall of the Berlin Wall as makes the participants familiar with Berlin`s cultural diversity today.

Monday, 5 September 2022

12:00 p.m. CEST
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01:30 p.m. CEST
Capacity: 20 people

Jobcenter Berlin-Lichtenberg: “Work opportunities for people with a refugee and migration background in the district of Lichtenberg”

During this study tour, we welcome you to our headquarters in the east of Berlin, not far from the historic headquarters of the Ministry for State Security of the GDR.

In the context of a vernissage, the Jobcenter Berlin-Lichtenberg presents its work on behalf of people with refugee or migration background in the district of Lichtenberg. You will have the opportunity to talk with specialists in refugee support, with representatives of network partners and with representatives from the district. The Jobcenter Berlin-Lichtenberg will show you examples of how support for people with a refugee or migration background is organised in the job centre – from the initial contact in the entrance zone to support by our special teams in the processing of benefits to job placements.

01:00 p.m. CEST
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02:30 p.m. CEST
Capacity: 20 people

Agentur für Arbeit Berlin South (Employment Agency): “Early intervention – support for the recently immigrated at an early stage”

Early intervention: early support for newcomers that is based on close cooperation between the various actors within the relevant migration-specific fields is of crucial importance. Thus, you will meet various actors from migrant self-organisations, NGOs as well as people who give a face to the advantages of an international team in operational processes. You can look forward to insights into modular success factors for the professional and social integration of people with a migration background. In the spirit of lived diversity, we will inform you about onboarding, the development of employers as well as the integration paths of refugees, EU citizens and international professionals.

02:00 p.m. CEST
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04:00 p.m. CEST
Capacity: 20 people

„Berlin Wall“ tour

See where Berlin was cut in two overnight by the Berlin Wall on this excellent two-hour walking tour. Experience a time when Berlin was divided into the capitalist west and the communist east. Uncover life in East Germany, where neighbours were encouraged to spy on one another and escaping across the Berlin Wall was a deadly temptation.

02:00 p.m. CEST
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03:30 p.m. CEST
Capacity: 20 people

Glass Threads. From East to East. Vietnamese contract workers in the GDR.

Glass Threads is an interactive comic app about the history of Vietnamese contract workers in the former GDR. What was their life like back then, what was their experience of a country which was so completely different from their home and what is their life like now? Bich Tran and Frauke Wetzel, co-creators of the app, will present the project’s goals and ways of working with the app. Glasfaeden.de is available in English, Vietnamese and German and all you need is your mobile phone and an internet connection.

02:00 p.m. CEST
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03:30 p.m. CEST
Capacity: 20 people

La Red e. V. : “The role of social media for migrants and labour market integration” (also with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic)

During the visit to the migrant organisation La Red e. V., staff members will present the use of social media in their daily work in the framework of their Network IQ projects for companies and for migrants seeking advice on the recognition of foreign qualifications. Visitors will be guided through various office rooms, where staff members will present how they advise people via social media, which topics move migrants, and what skills the migrant organisation provides to small companies to support them in their search for international qualified workers. This will always include current circumstances and developments.

Over an aperitif on the terrace of the organisation, La Red e. V. will be happy to answer your questions and engage with you in conversation about your activities.

02:00 p.m. CEST
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03:30 p.m. CEST
Capacity: 50 people

Integration centre of the migrant organisation Club Dialog e.V.: “Vibrant Wedding – Eastern Europe in the centre of Berlin!”

Located in the vibrant and international neighbourhood of Wedding, you will find the integration centre of Club Dialog e.V. - a place of exchange, integration, qualification, recognition and empowerment for migrants of all generations and nationalities, but especially those from Eastern European countries. Polish, Czech, Ukrainian, English, Hungarian, Serbian, Italian, Russian and Kurdish are spoken here. There is a special focus on the Network IQ recognition office - for the recognition of professional qualifications acquired outside of Germany. Furthermore, we offer broad consultation on adapting to the German education system and the German job market.

02:00 p.m. CEST
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03:30 p.m. CEST
Capacity: 20 people

Arbeit und Leben Berlin-Brandenburg: “(Un)fair labour: supporting migrants and refugees in claiming their employment rights”

Migrants and refugees are especially vulnerable to poor working conditions. Berliner Beratungszentrum für Migration und Gute Arbeit offers individual information and advice as well as workshops on employment rights in Berlin. Accompanied by facts and figures, we will share our hands-on experience and structural insights on the subject. We are keen to hear your questions and perspectives.

02:30 p.m. CEST
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04:00 p.m. CEST
Capacity: 20 people

LIFE e.V. : “Network IQ Project CHANGE - Working in times of climate change”

Are you interested in how the climate crisis is increasingly affecting jobs and the working world? If so, then join the study tour at LIFE e.V. in Berlin’s Friedenau locality! Get to know our CHANGE project in which we train women with degrees from foreign universities to become “climate ambassadors” and try out our “make-green parcours” together with other participants. You can find out how an ecologically sustainable change in society also brings about dynamic changes in the professional and working world.

03:30 p.m. CEST
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05:00 p.m. CEST
Capacity: 30 people

Decolonise Berlin?!

As a former city of residence, Berlin was directly involved in the transatlantic enslavement trade for a few years in the late 17th century. 200 years later, at the time of the infamous Berlin West Africa Conference of 1884–85, it became the capital of a German colonial empire in Africa, Oceania and Asia. Both chapters of Berlin’s urban history were suppressed for many decades. We set out to find their traces, which were only marked and critically contextualised through the engagement of people who are still affected by colonial racism today.

03:30 p.m. CEST
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05:30 p.m. CEST
Capacity: 20 people

Kreuzberg behind the Scenes: “The Making of a Diverse Neighbourhood”

Muhammed’s tour leads through Kreuzberg, which he, as an activist, freelance journalist, social worker and resident, knows like the back of his hand. Along the way, you will learn to what extent the upheavals of the European asylum system are becoming visible in this district and how old and new Berliners shape their neighbourhood together. The tour is presented by querstadtein. On the organisation’s tours, people who are usually the ones being talked about have their say.

03:30 p.m. CEST
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05:30 p.m. CEST
Capacity: 20 people

Berlin: “Global politics, the city and my life”

In Iraq, Ahmed worked as an official in the city administration — until he had to flee the violence in 2015. On his tour, he shows the most prominent places in the heart of Berlin and explains how they relate to global power relations and his own migration history. The city tour is presented by querstadtein. On the organisation’s tours, people who are usually the ones being talked about have their say.

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