perspektywa - Strengthening co-existence and participation

The project perspektywa – Strengthening co-existence and participation creates opportunities for exchange among and participation of all citizens and offers education and information for the political participation of Polish immigrants in the districts of Vorpommern-Greifswald (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) and Uckermark (Brandenburg) in order to strengthen co-existence in equality and mutual acceptance.  In the region along the Polish border where the project is conducted, a migration society that is unique in Eastern Germany is developing due to the migration of Polish citizens and the cross-border commuting of Polish workers.  In order to support this process and to mitigate anti-democratic attitudes, the project uses a variety of methods to facilitate concrete experiences of participation and effectiveness at the local level and to open up spaces for the dialogue and participation of German and Polish inhabitants and workers. Working closely with local actors, new forms of access and participation are developed and tested that meet the challenge of adopting a diversity-based approach in rural areas.

In two previous projects entitled perspektywa – Acting against anti-Polish resentment (2011/12) and perspektywa – From a border area to an area of meeting (2015-19) the RAA raised awareness of negative stereotypes and perceptions of Poland and its citizens and created opportunities for the mutual participation of new arrivals from Poland and the long-established German population. This led to the development of various educational opportunities, forms of participation and information material that can still be accessed at the RAA free of charge.

perspektywa is a project of the RAA supported by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth as a part of the federal programme "Live democracy!", by the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in connection with the European Social Fund (ESF) and also by the Vorpommern Fund.