The Baltic Sea Conference on Migration Issues continued successful

More than 100 individuals from 12 countries and various organisations participated in the Baltic Sea Conference on Migration Issues 6.-9. March 2014 in Kiel (Northern Germany). In nine workshops special issues were discussed and the former work inside the network is planned.

Here you find our common resolution of the participants of the conference.

Organisation of the Conference:

Involved in the organization and development of the baltic sea network on migration issues are (this list will be updated perodical):

  • Fanny Dethloff, Flüchtlings- und Menschenrechtsbeauftragte der Nordkirche (OeMF)
  • Martin Link, Refugee Council Schleswig-Holstein
  • Torsten Döhring und Stefan Schmidt, Landesbeauftragte für Flüchtlings-, Asyl- und Zuwanderungsfragen des Landes Schleswig-Holstein
  • Uwe Giffei, Fluchtpunkt Hamburg - Kirchliche Hilfsstelle für Flüchtlinge
  • Doris Kratz-Hinrichsen, Diakonisches Werk Schleswig-Holstein
  • Bettina Clemens, Diakonisches Werk Hamburg
  • Pirkko Andresen, Kirchenkreis-HH-Ost
  • Dietrich Gerstner und Christa D. Hunziger, Zentrum für Mission und Ökumene Hamburg
  • Genia Schenke-Plisch, BAG Asyl in der Kirche
  • Elisabeth Hartmann-Runge, Ökumenische Arbeitsstelle des Ev.-Luth. Kirchenkreises Lübeck Lauenburg
  • Katharina Stamm, Zentrum Migration und Soziales, Diakonie Deutschland
  • Doris Peschke, CCME - Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe
  • Doreen Klamann-Senz, Refugee Council Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  • Andrea Dallek, Co-ordination Baltic Sea Network on Migration Issues


Baltic Sea Conference on Migration Issues 2014

6.-9. March, 2014 in Kiel

Participation fee: 150 Euro incl. accomodation, 90 Euro without accomodation (reduction is possible)

Language: English.

Beginning Thursday, 6 March, 2014
Ending Sunday, 9 March, 2014

Thursday, 6 March, 2014

Starting at 3 pm: Arrival and registration

4 pm: Introduction of participants

5 pm: Antimilitaristic City Walk

6 pm: optional church service

9 pm: Dinner with music and international buffet

Friday, 7 March, 2014

Starting at 8 am: Registration

8 am: Breakfast

9 am: Plenary session:

Welcoming speeches:

Aim and purpose of the conference
• Fanny Dethloff, Commissioner for Human Rights and Refugees, Protestant Church of Northern Germany and
Andrea Dallek, Coordination Baltic Sea Network on Migration Issues – Refugee Council Schleswig-Holstein


• Anke Spoorendonk, Minister of Justice, Culture Issues and European Affairs Schleswig-Holstein
• Stefan Schmidt, Commissioner for Refugees and Migrants of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
• Gerhard Ulrich, Bishop of the Protestant Church of Northern Germany (Nordkirche)

Experience with networking in the international solidarity with refugees  - from Europe to the front-line states

Experiences from a grassroots organisation
• Marion Bayer, no one is illegal, Hanau, Germany

Experiences from a European faith-based organisation
• Doris Peschke, Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe, Brussels, Belgium

11 am: Coffee break

European Union law as the basis of the situation of refugees and migrants around the Baltic Sea
• Karl Kopp, PRO ASYL

Access to Europe – the right to leave a country
• Nils Raimond Muiznieks – Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France (inquired)

The Situation in Estonia 2013
• Juhan Saharov, Johannes Mihkelson Centre, Estonia

Short insight into offered workshops (course of events at the workshops: arising problems and portrayal of situation in the Baltic rim, possible measures that can be taken and actual cooperation after the conference)

1 - 2 pm: Lunch break

2 pm: Workshop cycle1

Unaccompanied minor refugees / separated children
• Ole Vent, lifeline - Association for Unaccompanied Minor Refugees, Kiel Germany
• Thomas Berthold, Federal Association for Unaccompanied Minor Refugees, B-UmF, Berlin, Germany
• Pia Lindfors, Refugee Council Finland (inquired)

Religious persecution and conversion in the asylum procedure
• Fanny Dethloff, Commissioner for Human Rights and Refugees of the Northchurch, Hamburg, Germany
• Jouni Lehikoinen, Pastor in Mikaelin seurakunta, Turku, Finland

Undocumented migrants
• Eve Geddie, PICUM, Brussels, Belgium
• Thomas Schroeter, medibüro, Kiel, Germany

Labour-related migration
• Jochen Empen, DGB Project Fair Mobility, Hamburg, Germany

Practical solidarity in churches / sanctuary movement
• Bernhard Fricke, German Ecumenical Committee on Church Asylum, Berlin, Germany

6 pm: Dinner

around 8 pm: Evening programme (Presentation of local and participating groups and organisations.)

Saturday, 8 March, 2014

8 am: Breakfast

8:45 am: Devotion (optional)

9 am: Self-organization of refugees and their protests
• Spokesman of „Lampedusa in Hamburg”-group, Hamburg,
Germany (inquired)

9.30 am: European borders against refugees within the Dublin-Regulation:

The role of the federal police in Germany
• Marei Pelzer, PRO ASYL

The „Dublin regulation“ exemplified by Germany and Poland
• Harald Glöde, borderline Europe Germany and Aleksandra Chrzanowska, Association for Legal Intervention Poland

11 am: Workshop cycle2

“Dublin III regulation” & specific ways of supporting refugees
• Martin Link, Refugee Council Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
• George Joseph, Caritas Sweden

Deportation & deportation prison / detention center
• Svetlana Djackova, Latvian Center for Human Rights (inquired)
• Uli Sextro, Diakonia Hessen, Germany

Human Trafficking / Trafficking of women
• NGO Shelter „Save House“, Riga, Latvia (inquired)
• Jozefa Paulsen, contra - Foundation against the trafficking of women in Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany
• Sarah Schwarze, German NGO network and coordination office against trafficking of human beings (KOK) e.V., Berlin, Germany

Traumatized migrants / refugees
• Doro Bruch, Network for particularty vulnerable refugees with special need for protection Berlin, Germany
• Maria Ksiazak, International Humanitarian Initiative Foundation (IHIF), Poland

1 pm - 2 pm: Lunch

3 pm - 5 pm: Continuing of worshops

6 pm: Short presentation of main results and demands arisen in the workshops

7 pm: Dinner

8 pm: practical exercises for persons with posttraumatic stress disorder – relaxing without regression

Concluding results of workshops: Presentation via a wall news-sheet


Sunday, 9 March, 2014

8 am: Breakfast

9 am: Devotion (optional)

9:30 am: Plenary session: Perspective EU-election - Panel discussion: Prospects of practical implementation of workshop results in Europe

Afterwards: Arrangement of possible future commitment of

1 pm - 2 pm: Lunch

Departure of participants