Legal Migration / House of Hope - The Gambia
Our association called „Freundeskreis Asyl Karlsruhe e.V.“ (fka) was founded in 1987 with the aim of making it easier for people with a refugee or migration background to integrate in Germany and to give them the right start.
The „fka“ implements projects in the areas of: Counselling, education and trauma work.
In 2019 the House of Hope – The Gambia association as a branch was founded.
Although the Gambia has no longer been under the dictatorship of Yahya Jammeh since December 2016, its effects will still be felt for a long time. Due to a lack of prospects, many young people in particular are taking life-threatening routes to reach Europe, and many families are losing relatives. The project aims to provide opportunities and alternatives for young Gambians to reach Germany legally. Already in 2019, we noticed during a short pilot project „Legal Migration“ that qualified counselling and free German courses meet with great interest in The Gambia.
Against this background, the fka applied for the project „House of Hope – Legal Migration“ through the BAMF (Federal Office for Migration and Refugees). Since summer 2021, we have been co-financed for this from funds of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.
The project offers the following:
- Pre-integration counselling, in the course of which Gambians are given important information about life in Germany in individual one-to-one counselling sessions and are shown possibilities to migrate there legally; basic requirements and conditions: Family reunion / au pair / federal voluntary service / training / studies.
- Professional, free German courses including exam preparation (level A1, A2, B1) and literacy courses, which are particularly important in the case of spousal reunification.
We are in contact with the Goethe Institute in Dakar and the German Embassy in The Gambia, which is in the process of being established. Several representatives of official bodies have visited us. One of our most urgent goals is to help and fight for German course exams to take place in The Gambia soon. Then the examinees would no longer have to travel to Dakar, Senegal, which would make life much easier for many Gambians.
The project ends in September and there will be a break. We are working hard to raise funds for an extension.
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