Germany

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In 2015 alone, more than one million asylum seekers made the treacherous journey from the war torn Middle East seeking refuge in Germany; the vast majority from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The sheer number of arrivals, and the speed at which it has occurred, has created a massive challenge of epic proportions for the German government and society to integrate this new population, many of whom arrive with the mental (and often physical) scars from conflict back home, or the journey itself.

IsraAID has responded to the request of the German government by deploying a team of Arabic and English speaking psychosocial specialists to help support the refugee resettlement. 

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Statistics

Population of Germany
80 Million
Total Asylum Seekers
1.450,500 (Q1 2016)
Syrian Asylum Seekers
55%
Refugees under 35
80%
Children
1 in 5
Estimated Unaccompanied Minors
60,000+
Total % with refugee status
48% (Dec 2015)
Denied Applications
32%
Yazidi Asylum Seekers
3%

IsraAID and Germany

In October 2015, IsraAID conducted a rapid needs and stakeholder assessment in Germany, meeting with representatives of both the local government and the Federal Ministry of Health, local NGOs, and Muslim and Jewish community organizations, well as visiting refugee shelters in Berlin and Hannover. Significant gaps in Mental Health and Psychosocial Services (MHPSS) were identified. In early 2016 IsraAID began providing psychosocial support training to shelter staff and directly to refugees. 

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Bridges of Hope

Coming Together for Inclusion & Integration

With the influx of refugees flooding German cities it has become urgent to provide support to shelters which are currently ill equipped to deal with psychosocial issues. IsraAID is providing long-term sustainable support for 10 shelters in Germany, focusing on Berlin, Frankfurt and Brandenburg district with a total of 9,500 refugees. Since April 2016 IsraAID has been training aid workers and volunteers with our Mobile Specialist Trauma Unit (MSTU) who work with refugees in mental health and psychosocial support skills with a focus in four main areas: Psychological First Aid, Stress Management, Peer Support and Supervision, Gender Based Violence Training.

In addition, we are establishing a mobile trauma care team with Arabic speaking specialists who will work side by side with the German government and NGOs, emphasizing additional psychosocial support for the most vulnerable cases of refugees staying in shelters.

The refugee crisis in Germany could also become a game changer and serve as a key component in building trust and relations between Jews, Muslim and Christians, Israeli, Germans & Syrians, and by doing so reduce both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.  

Goals

  • Psychological First Aid for Asylum Seekers
  • Stress Management Training for aid workers
  • Gender-Based Violence (GBV) training for local volunteers, counselors, and other key stakeholders