Hanover, Germany, August 2016 – According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 65 million people, or one human being in 113, were displaced from their country in 2015. Conflicts, persecution or natural disasters are just a few of the reasons that drive people to flee their country.
In Germany alone, about 441,900 asylum applications were submitted in 2015 to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. This represents a 155% increase over the previous year. The relevance of this figure is emphasised by the fact that many application processes are delayed precisely due to the huge number of required registrations and applications.
The increased need for additional accommodations for refugees presents a challenge to the federal states and communities. As a result, existing accommodations have been enlarged and the total number of accommodations was increased. But despite all these efforts, there were overcrowded accommodations in 2015.
Overcrowding and housing are a problem for communities but refugee integration is another important issue. The integration process is the next big challenge and should start as early as possible. Communities are central to the success of integration and play a key role during the integration process. They face a special challenge and a specific responsibility. Displaced persons have to acquire a place in the host society and it is the interaction between the refugees and the receiving society that determines the direction and ultimate outcome of the integration process.
Successful integration depends on many factors, and it also involves crime prevention work. Preventive and integrative actions are both particularly successful when they make it possible to react early in specific cases and at the same time follow a long term and lasting orientation. Throughout Germany, there are large numbers of projects and initiatives to reduce prejudices and promote social interaction. However, preventive initiatives promoting the integration process of refugees are not fully established.
This is where the online portal for professionals “Preventive Support for Integration Initiatives – pufii.de” sees its mission: with the help of pufii.de, communities and experts can choose and select information, project descriptions, links to projects, initiatives, as well as texts on fundraising or legislation. The portal aims to strengthen professional exchange and cooperation among experts in the field of refugee work.
The online portal for professionals “Preventive Support for Integration Initiatives – pufii.de” is a collaboration between the German Congress on Crime Prevention, the Crime Prevention Council of Lower Saxony and the German-European Forum for Urban Security (DEFUS). It was opened on 1st March 2016.
It includes more than 800 thematic links and daily news. Furthermore, it offers concise and focused information. The weekly newsletter informs subscribers of current themes and topics on pufii.de in English and German. The aim of pufii.de is to support experts in the field of refugee work and communities facing the special challenge and specific responsibility linked to the integration process of refugees.
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