Second day in Marseille, by Marina & Anne

How to divide the cake?!!

The activities were very useful in making everyone reflect on different issues and gave a lot of
opportunities for discussion. We had the opportunity to reflect on different topics like equality,
democracy, justice and consensus.
The Betzavta exercise was a lot of fun for everybody and we had the chance to have a whole team discussion at the end.

About the presentation of refugees in Germany, there are many things really important which have been said:
1) If we work with refugees, we do not have to feel like a super hero, because If we will be in front of a really hard situation and we think “yes I can do it” but in reality I don’t have the skills for, I would not be helping people.
2) We spoke about the “relationship” we have to have with refugees. Do we have to distinguish the professional and private or not? That was really interesting. I think maybe the question is more about equality, how we can feel “equal” with refugees? and just find the ways which are good for us.
3) I just also remember one really important question someone said: “how we can continue with this work?

About the activities on the afternoon, that was really intense and rich in my opinion. Cohesion is very
important
, so I learnt that I need to be less attached to my idea and listen to other people s ideas with new vision. Also, I just questioned myself about how we can express ourselves and also listen to other people s ideas? When that’s good time to do it and why that’s so important for me?

For the collective game with the Betzavta method , the most important thing I learnt was in two aspects: the first one is we have previous to do some activities and even if the new activity was very different, I didn’t feel frustration because we were in a group, and that was a new experience. Also I didn’t think about rules, because I was feeling in positive way, so I wasn’t in an insecure situation.

Social, economical, legal and political situation of Refugees in different countries

Third day in Marseille, by Léa & Kevin

This day begun by a visit of Marseille who teach us the history of the city, and the way migration influenced the history of the city. For example, there was a prison camp who kept (illegally) and tried to deport refugees who had sometime the right to stay. Corporations employed also Italians minors’ worker illegally.

We also visit some famous places of Marseille like, the Mucem which is a museum, the Major Cathedral and Le Panier district. As local citizen (“marseillais”), these places with a lot of history made us learn more things about our town.

In the afternoon we had 2 presentation about the migrant and refugee situation:
The 1 st was about migrant travelling on boats, pictures of them before and after. This part was interesting because we learned more about the personal story of refugees. They are not simple number in institutional documents but human-beings who feel and they deserve to be listened. Our participant Corinne told us about a project called JANA (Jeunes Allophones Nouvellement Arrivés), who showed us how they’re learning French language at the association and what kind of activities they do with young people involved in the project. During a short video, young people shared their dreams and their personal or professional aim in life. Léa : It was really intense for me because those young people are actually living in Marseille and they have to face many difficulties every day but they also
keep the hope.

What I’ve learned this days is that even when you are living in a difficult situation, as a
migrant or refugee in another country, there is some dream that cannot be erased, and people keep dreaming even if it’s difficult. They seem to have post traumatic syndrome due to special situations they are actually living but they continue to fight and need to be helped as much as we can.

First day of Marseille! by Katrin

The first day!? We met all the people, the one we knew already from other meetings and the new one.To get to know more about each other, to get a feeling for the people and the group and to get introduce or in my case to introduce people to project, our aims, methods, goals. We st the first framework of the agenda and got the first contributions. I’am exited what is waiting for us the coming days in this gorgeous city….!