Bochum – ESI at film screening and public debate on refugee and migration policy – “My Way”
ESI’s Gerald Knaus was invited to a film screening and public debate for “MY WAY – Die Geschichte von Hussain Hussaini – Einer der überlebte” (“My Way – The story of Hussain Hussaini – one who survived”), directed by Jakob Gatzka.
The documentary traces the perilous journey of Afghan refugee Hussain Hussaini, who flees his homeland in search of safety and a better life. Accompanied by filmmaker Jakob Gatzka, he makes his way from Iran to Germany a second time.
In the discussion, Gerald spoke about the current situation of refugees and migrants, especially the tragedy of pushbacks at the EU’s borders and deaths in the Mediterranean. He stressed the need for humane borders and policies that will allow fast and fair asylum procedures, the importance of cooperation with third countries and why Germany should increase its refugee resettlement programme and establish a transatlantic resettlement cooperation with Canada and the US.
Speakers included Zoubeida Khodr (chairwoman of the integration committee of the city of Bochum), Serdar Yüksel (member of the supervisory board of UNO-Flüchtlingshilfe and member of the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia), Hussain Hussaini (refugee and protagonist of the film MY WAY), Jakob Gatzka (director of the film MY WAY). The discussion was chaired by Cornelia Ulbert (Institute for Development and Peace, University of Duisburg Essen).
- ESI proposals website: EU-Turkey Statement 2.0
- ESI draft of a revised EU-Turkey Statement 2.0, 16 March 2021
- ESI Newsletter: Essay 1 - The promise and the agony – saving the refugee convention
- ESI Newsletter: The popularity of pushbacks – lessons from Australia, 7 June 2021
- Berliner Zeitung: Merkel advisor Knaus: Resettle refugees directly to Germany 17 March 2021
- Anadolu Agency, Humane borders, control through cooperation possible: Turkey, EU can show the way, 26 March 2021
- Falter: What borders do we need? Falter podcast of presentation by Gerald Knaus on refugee and migration policy, 5 April 2021
- Focus Online: Interview with Gerald Knaus: The Turkey deal has failed: "Germany could take in 30,000 refugees a year, 16 April 2021