Information portal: links & addresses
The engagement of politicians, municipalities, societies and associations, as well as many citizens, has been and remains hugely important for integration. Arriving and belonging – stages on a long process that every single person can help to shape on a daily basis. Do you want to help with integration? We support you with information, points of contact and successful projects.
An initial overview (orientation)
Volunteering is something for us all and benefits everyone. Therefore, it is important that as many people as possible participate. We provide you with an initial overview of relevant contacts, organisations and other points of contact.
- The LBE (State Network for Civic Engagement) and the lagfa bayern e.V. (State Working Group for Voluntary Agencies/Centres and Coordination Centres for Civic Engagement in Bavaria) provide an overview of civic engagement in Bavaria.
- The voluntary agency “Tatendrang” advises and informs citizens who want to volunteer in Munich:
- The latest news, tips and information are provided to refugees and local people by the Deutsche Welle (DW) in six different languages:
- The “Alliance for Democracy and Tolerance” lists initiatives across Germany that work on a voluntary basis. Find some brief information and contact details here:
- This map of Germany lists the many hundreds of projects that are already contributing to integration:
- This link takes you to the portal for working and volunteer groups in Bavaria:
- “Menschen stärken Menschen” (People empower people): there are lots of opportunities to contribute to the integration of refugees. Learn more about the subjects of tutelage, host families and guardianship:
- Working together for refugees: enter your place of residence in the search field for this portal and you will be shown all of the projects that you can support in your local area:
Volunteering: what do I need to know?
You want to actively volunteer but still have lots of questions, e.g. about the subject of insurance cover and volunteering? Useful links dealing with important questions can be found here.
- What happens if volunteers suffer physical injuries during their work? What about accident insurance? The subject of insurance is an important issue:
- “Menschen stärken Menschen” (People empower people) – this flyer shows how integration can succeed: what can you do personally? What requirements are important for volunteer work?
- Volunteer work is worthwhile with the Bavarian Volunteer Card. It offers lots of discounts at cultural and leisure facilities or at municipal facilities such as chemists, hairdressers or swimming baths:
- Here you will find information on what needs to be taken into account when it comes to any risks of infection, illnesses, preventative measures and insurance protection when working with asylum seekers, as well as other links:
- The BPtK guide “How can I help traumatised refugees” is primarily designed for full-time and voluntary aid workers who want to know how to identify traumatic disorders and how to deal with refugee children, young people and adults who have had terrible experiences.
- ArrivalAid accompanies asylum seekers through the asylum process: the initiative promotes education and training for those volunteers who prepare asylum seekers for their interview with the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF):
- What should I take into account when helping refugees? What rights and obligations do volunteers have? How does the asylum process work? This guide for volunteers answers the most important questions:
- How are refugees at clubs insured? Do they require special permission to play? Are they permitted to travel to away matches? The brochure “Willkommen im Verein” (Welcome to the club), published by the Federal Government and the German Football Association (DFB), answers these and other questions:
Opportunities for you to get personally involved
Here you will find information and inspiration about what you can do personally. Do you want to give a German lesson, make donations in kind or can you offer refugees somewhere to live?
- The main goal of the “Flüchtlinge werden Freunde” (Making friends with refugees) programme run by the Bavarian Youth Council (Bayerischen Jugendrings K.d.ö.R.) is to promote social participation and integration amongst young refugees by bundling together different activities and measures within youth work for and with young refugees.
- This brochure describes the role of education officers and presents their volunteer work – with lots of tips and addresses for people that want to get involved:
- These charitable organisations demonstrate how you can help refugees by providing tips, examples and information on projects in your local area. You can find an initial overview of the charitable organisations here:
- “ichhelfe.jetzt” (I help now) and “willkommen in münchen.de” (welcome to Munich) bring together people who are already actively helping refugees and those people who want to volunteer. This ensures that volunteers can offer their time and donations in kind where they are needed:
- “helpto” networks volunteers with one another. Refugees, volunteers, helpful citizens, municipalities or companies can communicate what they are looking for or offering with just a few clicks:
- Projects across Germany can provide inspiration:
- “Engagiert in Bayern” (Engaged in Bavaria) – this information sheet demonstrates how integration can succeed, whether it is through sport, cultural interaction or promoting the language. It also contains book recommendations, as well as useful links and addresses:
- This campaign aims to find vacant private accommodation for refugees in Bavaria. If you have room spare, you can help here:
- Do you have a room free? This portal puts refugees in touch with people offering rooms in shared apartments and other private housing units:
- The “Tür an Tür e. V.” (Door to Door) association promotes integration and mutual understanding through specific projects.
- “Fahrradfahren für Flüchtlinge” (Bike riding for refugees) – the “Integration durch Sport” (integration through sport) programme advises and trains volunteers. Bikes for learner riders and safety equipment can be requested via the programme.
- You can contribute to integration by drawing illustrations here: images and puzzles on the subjects of health, food and drink or humour teach children the German language and culture in a fun way. Download them free of charge:
- Multi-generation houses promote integration with education and advisory services. People of all ages can volunteer to help in multi-generation houses. Click here to find houses in your local area:
- The principle behind this app is easy: create a search profile, find a suitable project and offer your support:
- Time, money or donations in kind – the portal for the City of Munich informs you about what help is needed where:
- Whether money or donations in kind, on-site help or lessons – you can find suitable initiatives in your local area by entering your place of residence:
- This database allows you to search for projects in your town or those allocated under the heading of “Engagiert für Flüchtlinge” (Engaged for refugees):
- Whether it is financial aid, psychological support or a donation in kind – volunteers can offer to help by posting here:
- “Faszination Helfen” (Fascination by Volunteering) – the THW (Federal Agency for Technical Relief) is, for example, a perfect point of contact for those interested in technology who would like to work in a team and help other people.
General information about integration, migration and asylum
Are you looking for general information on the subjects of integration, migration and asylum? You can find links about these subjects here:
- The Federal Government:
- Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF):
- Federal Employment Agency (for questions about work permits):
- The most important questions and answers about the subject of “Asylum in Germany”:
- The Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany:
- The Asylum Law:
- The Geneva Convention on Refugees. The convention on the rights of refugees from 28 July 1951:
- The European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR):
- Law on the residency, employment and integration of foreigners in the Federal Republic of Germany:
- Here is a catalogue of articles from the Basic Law (Articles 1–19 plus Article 20) in German-Arabic and German-English as PDF downloads:
- Condrobs – with almost 60 facilities and the company Condrobs Beschäftigungs GmbH – is one of the largest cross-denominational bodies providing social assistance in Bavaria.
- Unaccompanied foreign minors (UMA) are a special target group amongst refugees. These children are taken into the care of the Youth Welfare Office when they arrive in Germany.
- A general overview of the support services as part of the welfare provided to children and young people can be found here:
- Parents in Bavaria receive support from ELTERNTALK (PARENT TALK). This service offers moderated discussions with other parents in a familiar atmosphere where users can exchange thoughts and ask questions about parental issues. ELTERNTALK serves to improve parental skills above all in the areas of media usage, consumption and health care. This service specifically targets people with a migrant background and discussion groups are held in various languages (Arabic, Turkish and Russian). The project is continuously expanding and currently includes 41 regional authorities and self-governing cities in Bavaria.
- Multilingual information (including in Arabic and Farsi) about the services offered by child day care facilities and child day care providers in general, as well as the importance of early education on a child’s development, can be found here:
- A job exchange especially for refugees. For applicants and employees:
- Are you an employer and want to employ staff from abroad? You can learn whether a work permit is required or whether one can be issued here:
- Sport makes integration easier. Many associations accept refugees for this reason. You can find information and examples here:
- After the welcome, you really arrive. Asylum seekers in Germany and Munich tell their stories here:
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