Symposium Potsdam 2014
Migrants have increasingly visited the railwaymissions throughout the past years. Between 2008 and 2013 the numbers have almost doubled.
Asking the different railwaystations the following has shown: People asking for help are coming from different countries, many from Eastern Europe, many came as refugees. They came, because their existence is threatened and they don´t see any further perspective in their home country. In rich Germany they hope for more safety and security, work and maybe a little prosperity.
When those people come to the railwaymissions, these hopes have already been shattered. They live under the poverty line (subsistence level) many have been exploited on the illegal job market, are without apartments and show other signs of social exclusion.
The mostly voluntary workers of the railwaymissions face a dilemma: they see the great need on one hand and the complete exhaustion of public social systems to which they should transfer these people on the other hand. The populist discussion about impending immigration floods and the abuse of our social system that goes with it certainly doesn´t help either.
Is the only thing left to do for the railwaymissions a cup of coffee, a word of pity and a phonecall to an office that will pay for a ticket back to the home country?
You are cordially invited to our Conference of Migrations Policy of the Railwaymissions where we will take a look at the most pressing issues and problems and search for solutions together.
We are looking forward to seeing you!
This is an event of the Conference of Clerical Railwaymissions in cooperation with the International Conference of Railwaymissions.
Sponsored by the Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. With friendly assistance of the German Railway Corp.
11.15 Terminus „Railwaystation“.
12.00 Dealing with being a stranger (strangeness?) in an united Europe
14:00 Hope in stations- work in stations
15:00 How liberal is liberality?
Platform with representatives of politics, federations and railwaymissions i.e. Bettina Wagner, Berlin Ulrich Hermannes, Hamburg and international guest 16.00 End After 16:30 you are cordially invited to take part at the 20th anniversary celebrations of the International Conference of Railwaymissions.
How to get there: By railway Station: Potsdam Park Sanssouci From the train station “Berlin Hauptbahnhof” there is the train RE1 (Regionalexpress 1) going every hour in direction Brandenburg and Magdeburg.
Travelling back to “Berlin Hauptbahnhof” is also possible every hour with the train RE 1 in direction Frankfurt/Oder and Cottbus.
Going one direction will take you 31 minutes.
Further regional trains stop at the “Potsdam Hauptbahnhof”. From there it is a 10 –minute- taxi drive to “Kaiserbahnhof”.
By bus Station: Bahnhof Park Sanssouci From the train station “Potsdam Hauptbahnhof” you can go by busline 605 or 606 every 20 minutes in direction Golm. Travelling back to “Potsdam Hauptbahnhof” is also possible every 20 minutes by busline 605 or 606 in direction Potsdam Hauptbahnhof.
Going one direction will take you 15 minutes.
Article by: Margaretha Schmidl on 2014-10-05