Kick-off in Vienna

20.-23. October 2016

Learning to know each other

Most of the partners were known to each other from previous projects. We were thus more curious to meet some new players in the field: Simeon Toptchiyski representing the Bulgarian Development Agency and Daniel Mahr from the Budapest Cultural Office.

The short introduction by Herbert Depner on the goals of the project was followed by the presentation of every partner institution: history, structure, goals, target groups; ways to deal with integration of refugees and migrants were mentioned.

Discussing the working plan

The next working module was dedicated to the topics Project work distribution / Time table/ Partner agreements/Instalment of working groups/Financial management of the project/ fixing of dates for the project meetings.

Herbert Depner prepared an introductory workshop on “Impact”. This initiative brought a more concise picture of the work to be done.

First steps

Nina Andresen (Fonds Soziales Wien on behalf of the administration, Vienna) presented “the Viennese refugee program”: basic care for refugees, infrastructure, education, asylum procedure and a comparison between the situation in September 2015 to the situation in autumn 2016.

Charlotte Wallner, teacher at VHS Landstraße, presented her didactical approach for immigrants in Vienna who want to learn German, followed by a lively discussion on the different methods used in other institutions.


The consortium agreed to compose a template for research on integrative aspects in each partner country until the next meeting in Hannover. Maria Goldstein from Lodz, Poland would prepare the first questions to build on.

Susanne Kannenberg from Germany and Daniel Grebeldinger from Romania agreed to compile a common questionnaire for app. 100 interviews with refugees and immigrants in the partner countries. Annika Vesanto agreed to manage our website and hosting.