German scheme eases refugee teachers back into class

Title: German scheme eases refugee teachers back into class Type: Article Location: Germany Name of responsible persons: Inês Date: 21.02.2018 “Refugees want to stand on their own feet again. They have skills and talents and are eager for an opportunity to apply them meaningfully.” The Refugee Teachers Programme, based at Potsdam University, is designed to help newcomers teach again within just 18 months. It helps refugees integrate in German society, by allowing them to establish deep social relations with the host society. Not only does the programme facilitate German language learning, it also trains newcomers to adapt to the German schooling system - which is inaccessible to foreign teac

Collaboration Utrecht University and municipality of Utrecht improves integration of refugees

Title: Collaboration Utrecht University and municipality of Utrecht improves integration of refugees Type: initiative/ project Location: Utrecht Name of responsible persons: Ivanna Date: 23 January 2018 Utrecht University has signed a collaboration agreement with the Municipality of Utrecht that provides refugees the opportunity to enrol in university courses free of charge. This joined initiative named “InclUUsion” is a gateway for further education and labour integration in the Dutch society. Additionally, students from the University accompany refugees with buddy programmes ensuring their social network. The university and the municipality state: “We strive for Utrecht as a city for every

Innovative Clean Energy Initiatives for Refugees

Title: Innovative Clean Energy Initiatives for Refugees Type: Article Location: Kenya Name of responsible persons: Ivanna Date: February, 2018 Integration without livelihood is not possible for refugees within a host country. In northwestern Kenya, in a refugee camp, 185,000 refugees live with the bare access to electricity, a situation that affects especially women and girls when leaving the camp in search of firewood. The moving Energy Initiative (MEI), a partnership between Energy 4 Impact, Chatham House, Practical Action, the Norwegian Refugee Council and the UNHCR, is creating energy markets in this area of Kenya next to the private sector. This initiative also seeks to lessen hostiliti

These 9 startups and initiatives are solving the all-important task of integrating the newly arrived

Title: These 9 startups and initiatives are solving the all-important task of integrating the newly arrived in Sweden Type: Article Location: Sweden Name of responsible persons: Inês Date: 19.02.2018 The Swedish tech community has developed several apps and initiatives that tackle the issue of social integration. Tools such as ”Just Arrived” - which matches newly arrived people with employers - or “Welcome”, which matches newcomers with Swedes - including actors and comedians - have been developed to connect the newly arrived with education, the labor market, Swedish people and each other. These initiatives highlight the role of technology in establishing first contact. Read more about the

Games from Around the World

Playing games and sports got more funky! During GAW, we play games and sports such as football , volleyball , basketball table tennis , sjoelbak , chess backgammon and arm wrestling! What is even amazing is that we eat and drink all kinds of food from different parts of the world! Keep an eye out on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/uidnetherlands/ to see the types of food we will be eating this time. Lots of free vouchers to be won! Limited spots available. Sign up individually or as a team by visiting

GAW: Fried rice and Greek salad

During the #GAW we will be tasting desserts and snacks from all around the world! Curious what you can expect? Fried rice In Nigeria fried rice is a necessary ingredient for any successful party! This dish is also a favorite in many other countries across the globe; showing how food is able to connect different cultures with one another. Even though fried rice comes in many different varieties, at GAW we will be enjoying the traditional Nigerian version. Greek salad Did you know that the Greeks invented the tradition of eating salads at the start of their meals? The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates believed that eating a salad before a meal would be healthy and beneficial for digestion. D

GAW: Tabbouleh and Harissa soup

During the #GAW we will be tasting desserts and snacks from all around the world! Curious what you can expect? Tabbouleh Did you know that the origin of this salad dates back all he way to the Middle Ages? Tabbouleh was first made in the mountains of Lebanon and Syria. In the beginning people mocked the salad because of its lack of meat. Nowadays many people embraced this delicious dish in their vegetarian and vegan diets. Harissa soup Harissa soup is a traditional soup from Morocco. However, did you know that in western Algeria they also make this dish? The soup is often eaten as a starter and it is especially popular throughout the period of Ramadan. Join us on 17th March during the next G

INTEGRATION CHAT ROOM, SPECIAL EDITION

Let's talk stereotypes! Everyone either consciously or unconsciously stereotype about people, lifestyle, culture, religion and more. During this episode of Integration chat room, we want to give attendees a chance to voice some of their stereotypical outlook to life, or challenge those of others. It will be an evening characterized by asking and answering questions, exploring some stereotypes, addressing issues connected to stereotypes, sharing experiences good and bad with regards to stereotypes and most importantly, trying out desserts and snacks from all 7 continents of the world as a way of learning about various cultures. By doing this, we hope to help international, refugee, and local

Citytrip through The Hague

On Sunday the 18th of March the Gemeente Den Haag invites all of you to join a free trip through the city of The Hague. Throughout the day you get the opportunity to visit cultural and religious institutions as well as various activity centres. Apart from this, you can take part in workshops, guided tours and city walks. By joining you will be able to meet new people, have interesting conversations with one another and learn from each other! Date: Sunday March 18th Time: Between 12.00 - 17.00 Central Meeting Square: Hofplaats Free of charge! For more information take a look at: https://www.denhaag.nl/nl/in-de-stad/vrije-tijd-en-recreatie/wereldreis-door-eigen-stad/wereldreis-door-eigen-sta

ICR: Seaweed and Plantain chips

During the #IntegrationChatroom we will be tasting desserts and snacks from all around the world! Curious what you can expect? Seaweed Did you ever try eating seaweed before? In Japan people have been eating seaweed since the beginning of time. At least six different types of seaweed were used in Japan around 800 A.D. in the kitchen. Today seaweed is still frequently consumed and we can still eat it in sushi! In China seaweed has also been greatly popular. However, it was not just for ordinary people; only special guest or kings were allowed to eat it! Plantain chips Plantain chips are a common snack in Nigeria and other African countries. But did you know that this snack is also known as th

ICR: Hummus and Baklava

During the #IntegrationChatroom we will be tasting desserts and snacks from all around the world! Curious what you can expect? Hummus Is hummus Arab, Israeli or Greek? These cultures have been arguing for years about the origin of this healthy and delicious chickpea spread. Maybe that is exactly why all these cultures desperately try to claim hummus? In the end it doesn’t matter where this dish is from; it is able to unite people from different cultures, so we should all just enjoy it together! Baklava This delicacy developed through a process that followed ancient trade route. At different stages along the journey, additional ingredients were added. It all started with the Assyrians, they m

GAW: Pão de queijo and Harissa cake

During the #GAW we will be tasting desserts and snacks from all around the world! Curious what you can expect? Pão de queijo Pão de queijo is a typical Brazilian dish. These small baked dough balls with a cheese taste are however also known in other countries in Latin-America. In Columbia they know them as “pandebone”, in Ecuador as “muchines de yuca” and in Argentia and Paraguay they are called “chipá”. The only differences are the size and its shape. Harissa Cake The harissa cake is popular all around the Middle East and beyond; across the Balkans and in the Horn of Africa they also enjoy this treat. The cake is made from cooked semolina soaked in syrup. We cannot wait to try this! Join us

ICR: Macarons & Lamington

During the #IntegrationChatroom we will be tasting desserts and snacks from all around the world! Curious what you can expect? Macarons Macarons are one of the most famous French desserts. However, did you know that the macaron originally stems from Italy? The famous Catherine de’ Medici brought the treat to France in the 16th century. At this time the ‘maccherone’ were produced in Venetian monasteries. Once the macarons came to France they became widely popular and production became more regular and standardized! Lamington Did you ever hear about the origin of an Australian cake that is dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with coconut flakes? Lamington is believed to be invented by accident b

Refugees' stories inspire filmmakers at Berlin Film Festival

Title: Refugees' stories inspire filmmakers at Berlin Film Festival Type: article Location: Berlin, Germany Name of responsible persons: Inês Source: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/lifestyle/refugees--stories-inspire-filmmakers-at-berlin-film-festival-9970034 Date: 19 Feb 2018 This year's Berlinale - the 68th edition of the festival set up in 1951 to showcase films addressing social and political issues - shows refugees' experiences in at least eight entries. Filmmakers at the festival said they wanted to send a political message and show how migration was changing Europe. Read more about the different films at the Film Festival:

GAW: Bienenstich and Borrelhapjes

During the #GAW we will be tasting desserts and snacks from all around the world! Curious what you can expect? Bienenstich Did you know that this delicious German cake literally means “bee sting”? That doesn’t sound like something you would want to have in your mouth. But trust us, after tasting the cake, you will want more! Borrelhapjes In case you haven’t noticed; the Dutch cuisine is all about fried snacks! The Dutch themselves did however not invent bitterballen. During the occupation of the Spaniards in the Eighty Years’ War, the Spaniards experimented with local ingredients to replicate their beloved tapas. Join us on 17th March during the next Games from Around the World (GAW) by sign

ICR: Marshmallows and Guacamole

During the #IntegrationChatroom we will be tasting desserts and snacks from all around the world! Curious what you can expect? Marshmallows Did you know that the history of marshmallows dates back to ancient Egypt? They used the mallow root for making their candied delicacies for their gods, nobility and pharaohs over 2000 years ago. The Romans and the Greeks loved the mallow plant; they believed that brewed mixtures of the mallow sap cured soar throats and pains! The French changed the use of the mallow plant, during the 1800’s, from mainly medicinal to a candy consumed by adults. This is where the marshmallow as we know them today were born! Guacamole It is probably no surprise that this b

Games from Around the World: Tweede Editie

Heb jij je ooit afgevraagd welke spellen er in de rest van de wereld gespeeld worden? Wil jij deze spellen spelen en geweldige cadeaubonnen winnen, zoals een Pathe Cinema of een Jumbo Voucher? Meld je dan nu aan om te sporten en spellen te spelen tijden ons tweede “GAMES FROM AROUND THE WORLD EVENT”. We zullen sporten en spellen spelen zoals: voetbal, volleybal, basketbal, tafeltennis, sjoelen, schaken & dammen en armworstelen. Er is een beperkt aantal plaatsen beschikbaar. Meld je aan, alleen of in een team, via de volgende link: www.uidnl.org/uidevents Met de hulp van Stichting Mooi en Centrum Vliethage, zullen wij het tweede Games form Around the World Event organiseren.

Games from Around the World: Second Edition

Ever wondered what games are played across all continents of the world; especially in such countries you have never visited? How about playing and winning awesome gift vouchers such as a Pathe Cinema or a Jumbo Voucher? Then sign up to play sports and games with us during our second "GAMES FROM AROUND THE WORLD EVENT". We will play games such as: football, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, sjoelen, chess & backgammon and arm wrestling Limited spots are available. Sign up individually or as a team by visiting www.uidnl.org/uidevents With the support of Stichting Mooi and Centrum Vliethage, we will be having our second Games from Around the World Event.

Schools key to successful integration of child refugees, says study

Title: Schools key to successful integration of child refugees, says study Type: article Location: London, England Name of responsible persons: Inês Source: City, University of London Date: 29 January 2018 Schools can provide the ideal environment to improve integration and reduce the difficulties faced by refugee children. Schools are a place where refugee children can develop meaningful and constructive connections to peers, teachers and other professionals, and they are also a place in which discrimination, racism and stigmatisation can be actively countered. There is an urgent need to facilitate the integration of refugee children in Western asylum-countries as the number of individuals

Second #DonationsDay

Last Tuesday we have held the second #DonationsDay of the year. We were happy to welcome our guests. A lot of practical items were given away to people who need them. We would like to thank all of those who came. A further thank you goes to everyone who has donated items to us and to our volunteers who have made this event possible! We look forward to the next edition!

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