Accepted paper:

Refugee business in Germany

Authors:

Rano Turaeva (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)

Paper short abstract:

In this paper I argue that German Government funding flowing into the migration organisations since the beginning of the refugee crisis has had certain implications for discourses promoted by the recipients of the funding. As a result refugees are treated as passive subjects who need to be helped.

Paper long abstract:

The refugee crisis in Europe and particularly Germany which recieved the most number of the refuguees created great challenges for the German government and the society in general. NGOs and intiatives multiplied and offer integration in Germany through various projects formulated on a ad hoc basis in order to get a piece of the cake. The projects at times are formulated without much reflection on the situation in general which also not yet systematically studied. The activities are mainly organised in from-above manner to act upon refugees on the bottom. General attitude of German officials to help the helpless refugees is reflected in the activities of NGOs in Germany which operate without basic inter-cultural communication skills. the argument of this paper is that Government funding which flew into the migration organisations has certain implication on the discourses promoted by the recipients of the funding. As a result refugees are treated as passive subjects who need to be helped.

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