Refugees with Attitudes


In the summer of 2020 we conducted a series of interviews with refugees. Most of our interviewees have been living in collective accommodation in Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for many years. Some of them could no longer stand living there and decided to live illegally in Berlin or Hamburg.
The conversations confirmed their unbearable situation to us. They led to joint reflections on what concrete steps could be taken to possible to improve their situation and gave us ideas for future public actions.

Ahmed – Iraq

Ahmed comes from Iraq, came to Germany in 1998. In 2005 he was granted toleration.


Yousouf – Togo

Yousouf, from Togo, came to Germany in 2001 and was sent to Rostock in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern after applying for asylum.


Justin – Cameroon

Justin is from Cameroon and came to Germany in 2006. He applied for asylum and was transferred to Brandenburg.



Armine came to Germany in 2003 and applied for asylum the day after he arrived in Horst, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern



Since 1998, i.e. for 24 years, Jeff has been living in Germany with a toleration


Koffi – Togo

Koffi comes from Togo, he came to Germany in 2004 and applied for asylum in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.


Abdoulaye – Senegal

Abdoulaye left Senegal in 1999. He applied for asylum in Eisenhüttenstadt the same year and was taken to a home in Brandenburg.