Projects, Courses, Presentations

Der Ku-Klux-Klan in Deutschland – Vortragsreihe


1. July, 2013 Tübingen

2. July, 2013 Ludwigsburg

3. July, 2013 Heilbronn

5. July, 2013 Schwäbisch Hall


Culture Competency Training – Workshop

West African Projects

Human Capacity Development: Labour Performance Enhancement:

Unearthing Hidden Creative Potentials in the Youth and groups of Critical Thinkers in Ghana who will be trained to become more analytical and innovative based on mindset and attitudinal change, in order to improve work performance and productivity.


The conceptualization and implementation of this project is in collaboration with The Change Factor Institute (TCFI)/Ghana, Director, Ms Aba Quainoo

How Do We Contribute to an Effective Common

European Asylum System?

Date: 6/5/15

Time: 12 Noon

Venue: Conference room of ZMT (Leibnitz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology), Campus Uni-Bremen


Please feel free to invited us to discuss the topic in detail with your institution. Thank you.



In June 2013 EU institutions met in Stockholm to work towards a

Common European Asylum System (CEAS).

The main objective of the CEAS is “to establish high standards of protection an  d

ensure that similar cases are treated alike and result in the same outcome,

regardless of the Member State in which the asylum application is lodged” (AIDA,

Annual Report 2012/13).

There have been several Judicial Reviews of decisions taken by Member

States where the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has

ruled against.

We look at repatriation process of rejected applicants and

analyze compatibility of national provisions with Human Rights as stipulated in

binding international obligations, particularly the European Convention on Human

Rights (ECHR), the common standards of the proposed Council Directives and

Dublin III. In conclusion we assess the chances of the June 2013 meeting

of EU institutions in Stockholm to adopt a final resolution on a Common European

Asylum System (CEAS).


People have always been on the move globally, during:

pre-modern period (about 9,000-11,000 ago);

early modern period (about 1500-1760);

modern phase (1760-1945);

contemporary phase (1945-ongoing).


According to UN research data there were 232 million international migrants

in 2013, worldwide, and nearly 59% lived in the “developed” regions, while the

“developing” world received 41%; From the 136 million international migrants

living in the North, 82 million (60%) originated from “developing” countries,

while 54 million (40%) were born in the North (UN: International Migration

Report, 2013). However, the same UN research data show that between 1990 and

2013, the number of international migrants worldwide rose by over 77 million

(about 50%), and the North gained the largest number of migrants between 1990

and 2013. This period marks the economic restructuring of Eastern Europe,

followed by extension of the EU membership to Eastern European countries

followed by EU austerity measures.

How do we work our way through this data?


“Exile”: A Problematic Concept:

It needs to be redefined to include people who are displaced without moving or

crossing international borders. Neither do categories like ‘second/third/fourth

generation im/migrants’, a term coined by the nation-states of Australia and

Germany for the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of im/migrants

and asylum seekers, have any scientific validity, since these children were not born

outside the country of their residency, and have not migrated, immigrated or

crossed any national borders. This lack of precision is important in decision-making.


European Convention on Human Rights 1950: The Pillars


No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or



Right to an effective remedy

Everyone whose rights and freedoms as set forth in this Convention are violated shall

have an effective remedy before a national authority notwithstanding that the

violation has been committed by persons acting in an official capacity.


Binding force and execution of judgments.....(ECHR)


The “Dublins”

Dublin I: signed 15th of June 1990, determines the state responsible for

examining applications for asylum, which is lodged in any one of the EU states.

Dublin II: signed 18th of February 2003, (Council Regulation 343/2003), which

establishes the criteria and mechanisms for determining the member state who

is responsible for examining an asylum application lodged in any one of the

Member State by a third-country national.

Dublin III: signed 19th of July 2013, (Council Regulation No. 604/2013), which

establishes the criteria and mechanisms for determining the member state

responsible for examining the application for asylum lodged in one of the Member

States by a third-country national or a stateless person.



A system established in 2000 to assist the operation of  Dublin through a process of comparing fingerprints of “foreign nationals illegally crossing the external borders of the EU”. It needs to be carefully legally formulated because statements like “foreign nationals illegally crossing the external borders of the EU” is loaded with assumptions, which will not stand under any legal scrutiny. The phrase, Foreign nationals, for example, is rebuttable because some asylum seekers are stateless, and statelessness does not lead to foreign nationality, and “.....llegally crossing the external borders”: this illegality is presumed!

The concept of human rights does not expect refugees to make their way to diplomatic missions in war zones to obtain visas before moving to safety!

Safety of Immigrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the Mediterranean and Agarian Seas:


EU Sea Quest?

From the Italian Mare Nostrum to “Operation Triton” (with 1/3 of the budget of Mare Nostrum), under the auspices of the EU’s border agency, Frontex, under the operation direction of Klaus Rosler!

Suggestions for Working Groups-Collaboration with the following organisations:

AIDA-Asylum Information Database, which is part of a

project funded by the European Programme on Integration of Migrants (EPIM), with

the aim of developing a multi-functional database on asylum in Europe.

The project is coordinated by:

European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE);

Forum réfugiés-Cosi;

Irish Refugee Council;

Hungarian Helsinki Committee.


The EU needs separate procedures and well-trained knowledgeable personal for the six crucial areas/aspects of national asylum


access to the territory and to the procedure;

the personal interview;

access to legal assistance;

access to an effective remedy;



The EU needs to campaign strongly for support for fair and humane asylum policies in Europe to replace unsubstantiated humanitarian rhetoric, in the face of the rise of xenophobia and racism in all EU Member States.

Although EU governments are under constant pressure from some parts of the public

to pursue restrictive asylum policies, the pressure from their pledge to assume

leadership in defending and preserving the right to asylum, laid down in Article

18 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union will have to prevail

to sustain credibility.

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                    "Umgang mit Emotionen und Frustration um Effizienz zu bewahren"




Im Ehrenamt oder während der Arbeit von Freiwilligen entwickeln sich oft verschiedene, unterschwellige Erwartungen. Auch Dankbarkeit wird irgendwann während der Tätigkeit einmal erwartet, nicht nur von den Menschen, die wir unterstützen, sondern oft auch von der gesamten Gesellschaft. Diese Erwartungshaltung und die dadurch entstehende Hoffnung auf Anerkennung, kann auch Antrieb und Motivation bedeuten. In vielen Fällen setzen sich Ehrenamtliche jedoch bis zum Rande ihrer Belastbarkeit ein. Das kann in der Folge leider negative Emotionen und Frustration auslösen. Wenn diese Unzufriedenheit unreflektiert und unbearbeitet bleibt, führt das häufig zu Blockaden und die Effizienz und Belastbarkeit während der Arbeit wird eingeschränkt.

Die Teilnehmenden haben die Möglichkeit, sich mit ihren Emotionen und Frustrationen  auseinander zu setzen und sich dialogisch und partizipativ über die aktuelle Debatte, um Flucht und Migration zu informieren und sich diesbezüglich in ihrer Organisationen konkret inhaltlich sowie methodisch vorzubereiten.

Um diesen Belastungen  entgegen zu wirken, bieten wir folgende Weiterbildung zu Hintergrundwissen und Methodenkompetenz in einem Workshopzyklus in Bremen an.


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Minerva Consulting & Research

Prof. Rose Baaba Folson Ph.D.


"Success is not measured by the position one has acquired, but by the obstacles one has to overcome"
Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)


"Success proceeds meaningful management of time and energy.

Precision in goal determines the level of success"