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To change the center of life in space, to go somewhere else, that's how cities have been created over centuries, work has been sought, found, lost, one has followed love, stayed, gone and cities have grown. Globalization and neoliberalism have made people more mobile at the end of the last century and in the first decades of the 21st century. Some people are privileged to travel for work, embedded in a social system. But even there, many questions arise: What is the process of arriving in a new environment, in another country, what role does the language play, will the partner find a job, can I participate in social life, will I find suitable contacts for a supportive social network, etc., etc.? If children are also present, these questions expand to include educational opportunities from the toddler phase to school graduation, how does this experience unfold, how can the best decisions be made here, how can I support my children in the best possible way, question mark after question mark.

But other existential challenges such as the  loss of womenrights and humanrights, hunger, war, and advancing climate catastrophy  are also forcing people to leave. More and more people are being forced to depart. What does that mean? What are the prospects of arriving in another country, "what hopes, fears  accompany me, how can I ensure my survival...?" Being on the road, being nomadic-settled, being flexible, being able to live and survive, these are questions that accompany us every day. How do we deal with them, how much rejection, strangeness do we experience, what do we get involved in, can we change our attitude? Today, in times of a pandemic that does not even stop at closed borders, dealing with migration is increasingly experienced as polarizing. Where are the opportunities and room for action in a humanitarian way? Questions upon questions arise.

Exploring biographies.  When a person deals with migration, he/she/they soon dives deep into the experience of individual people, hears their stories, their experiences, their life plans, their changes, learns about departures and detours, about careers and new beginnings, about hopes, expectations, desires, about discontinuations, worries, hopelessness and fears. Migration research is closely related to biographical research. It is about people's experiences wherever they go. That's why I work with groups in biography workshops, in order to open up room for action again, to communicate the unsaid, to bring out the forgotten, the repressed, to share it, to re-light it and to draw on resources that are reawakened. Even if it is about making the omitted, overlooked, forgotten, seemingly unimportant things visible and experienceable, biographical sharing is an empowerment that shows connection with others, finds new strength and brings about a change of perspective.

 

"Recollection (the conscious act of remembering) is a form of intentional creative process. It is not a matter of 
trying to find out  how it really was - that is research. It's a matter of dealing with how it appeared to you and why 
it appeared to you in that particular way." (Morrison, T. (2020). Selbstachtung. Ausgewählte Essays. Hamburg: Rowohlt. S:505)