Monthly Archives: Oct 2016

500 refugees arrive together with us in sicily

I am a member of an NGO called Projekt Seehilfe e.V. that supports refugees in Sicily with materialistic and idealistic help. Last year, I was one of three people that went to Sicily, together with another NGO from Germany, called Hanseatic Help e.V. In April this year, we will go there and help yet again.

In Sicily, I wrote two texts that summarized what I experienced, thought and felt when I was confronted with a type of problem that nowadays plays an important role in Europe. Since the texts are in German, I will translate them into English for this blog. You can find one of the two original articles, the one translated below, here.

500 refugees arrive together with us in Sicily

In 1939, John Steinbeck published “The Grapes of Wrath”. In this novel he deals with the destiny of a family that decides to leave home in search for a future with paid work, in the West of the USA. The novel is set in the United States during a time, when farmers in the Middle West where threatened by the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. Because if this, many , including the protagonists of Steinbeck’s novel, left for California. The author describes very empathetically and realistically how the ‘Oakies’, as they were disdainfully called by the Californian inhabitants, confront many problems during their search for a new home: An undersupply of fairly paid work, rejection by the local population, no future in Eden. Instead, they face labor camps, disdain and hate of the locals. This only fuels the desperation of those who are refugees in their own country. Continue reading 500 refugees arrive together with us in sicily

the perfect refugee

I stumbled across a recent research article published in Science magazine, called “How economic, humanitarian, and religious concerns shape European attitudes toward asylum seekers” by Kirk Bansak, Jens Jainmueller, and Dominik Hangartner.

This article struck my attention because I find the topic very interesting, because it was an experiment and not ‘just’ an empirical investigation of data, and because they decided to present their findings not only in a boring regression table, but in a colorful ropeladder plot.

Continue reading the perfect refugee