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One Interface – Integrative. Challenging. Diverse.Barriers to access and unequal participation are still evident in education, the social sector and the health care system- especially for people with a migrant background. The City of Science Darmstadt wants to take countermeasures and promote a coexistence that enables equal opportunities for participation for all citizens. This is especially true in daycare, school, and work settings. It is clear that differences in socioeconomic backgrounds continue to lead to disadvantages in early childhood, school, vocational and academic education. Through cooperation and networking, access to education and health should be made easier for everyone.


A central integration policy goal of the City of Science Darmstadt is to improve access to education for children with a migrant background. This includes the area of early childhood education, care and education, school education as well as parent participation and parent education. The intercultural opening of the education system and the promotion of participation opportunities for families with a migrant background should enable equal participation in social life. Education plays a key role in the integration process.

Financial, social and cultural resources of families as well as educational competencies and experiences of parents have a direct impact on the developmental opportunities of children. Parents have these resources or. Families to a very different extent. These different socio-economic starting points lead to unequal development opportunities and chances already in childhood. Disparities in terms of social background are also still evident in school and vocational education. Inequalities also exist in access to higher education and educational attainment.


An essential element of the intercultural opening of schools and daycare centers is parental work. Through this opening of schools and day care centers, inhibitions of parents towards the institutions and also of the institutions towards the parents are reduced, the relationship of trust is strengthened and the contact between parents, teachers and educators is improved.

Parent Empowerment Model Project (EEP)

The Office for Diversity and International Relations has therefore initiated parent education projects at Darmstadt schools and daycare centers ("Mama learns German" courses and parent discussion groups) at an early stage.

To strengthen the participation of families with a refugee and migration background in the German education system, the model project "Educational Participation through Parental Empowerment – Parental Education Work in and with Darmstadt Elementary Schools" was initiated, which is funded by the state program WIR (Pathbreaking Integration Approaches). The focus of the project is the reorganization of the cooperation between parents and educational institutions. It offers schools and parents measures in the sense of integrated parental education work with the goal of mutual openness. By working with migrant self-help organizations as an important collaborative-. Network partners are additionally strengthened in their educational work.

In the area of higher education, the work of the Office of Intercultural and International Affairs focuses on promoting access to higher education for refugees by identifying key challenges, initiating networks and designing support measures.


In the field of action "Social Affairs The establishment of networking structures and cooperation as a central strategy of municipal integration management and a methodological guideline for integration work is a particular focus of attention. The Office of Diversity and International Relations has the lead of the working group "Migration and Social Work" in this area. Furthermore, the intercultural district work is an important focus of work in this field of action. Challenges and opportunities associated with migration and immigration are particularly evident at the small-scale neighborhood level. Neighborhoods, districts and neighborhoods are central places for integration, living together and getting to know each other. Against this background, integration is also understood as part of urban development in Darmstadt. Migration always has an impact on the design of planning processes and the corresponding consideration of access to structures, offers and services. The City of Science participates u.a. Socially Integrative City" urban development program. In neighborhood management projects. To ensure greater participation of the immigrant population in the neighborhoods, the Office for Intercultural and International Affairs has developed its own approach to intercultural neighborhood work as an important building block of municipal integration policy in this context (Socially Integrative City).

Neighborhood Management

Community work


A central field of action in the integration policy of the City of Science Darmstadt is the health sector. The central question addressed here is how a health and care system can be designed that meets the requirements of an immigration society. The main task within the framework of this networking management is the identification of supply-. Information gaps as well as in the design of access to the health care system for migrant people.

Nationwide studies still show gaps in the data situation as well as a need for improvement regarding the participation of migrant people in medical and nursing care and prevention. Challenges exist in particular in the lack of a target group-oriented approach, the actual goal of which is that all people benefit from the services of the health care system. A lot of information about medical services, rehabilitation and prevention offers do not yet reach migrant people to a sufficient extent. The intercultural opening of facilities for medical and nursing care as well as prevention and self-help is therefore also a central task for the future in the City of Science Darmstadt.

In this field of action, too, the decisive methodological guideline as well as the central strategy of municipal integration control is the establishment of networking structures and cooperation with all actors involved in the health sector. The Office for Intercultural and International Affairs is also in charge of the working group "Migration and Health" in this area, since 2010 together with the district of Darmstadt-Dieburg.

Fields of action – Projects. Networks. Initiatives.

Various projects and initiatives aim to increase the participation of immigrant and non-immigrant populations in Darmstadt's neighborhoods. To identify and close gaps in the educational and health care systems.

Particular attention is paid to women, refugees and senior citizens – people who are often more vulnerable than men due to special circumstances (e.g., the lack of access to food).B. legal status, multiple barriers) have difficult access to these areas.

News and information about intercultural projects and events can be found in the news section.

Integration working group

The working group serves to coordinate social and integrative measures and offers for refugees across offices and departments and ensures a common level of information for those involved.

Working group on education

The WG Education accompanied and supported the preparation of the first Education Report of the City of Science Darmstadt 2018. This is supposed to serve the municipal assessment of the situation regarding participation in education and thus provide a basis for educational policy decisions and for a data-based target development. In the long term, educational reporting is to be established as an integral part of the municipal management strategy. The aim is to enable all children, young people and adults to participate in education at every stage of life.

1. Bildungsbericht Wissenschafststadt Darmstadt (2018) The 1. Education Report of the City of Science Darmstadt 2018 provides an initial data-based overview of Darmstadt's educational landscape.

Social Planning Working Group

The WG Social Planning is a cross-agency and cross-departmental working group that ensures that all relevant data and statistics for comprehensive social planning are compiled. It is also responsible for the further development of the conceptual framework for regular social reporting and provides the magistrate with data, materials and recommendations as a basis for social policy decisions.

Working group §78

The expansion of all-day care at schools, the increasing mobility of young people and the so-called "new media" require a completely new structuring and networking of offers for children and young people. In accordance with the subsidiarity principle, public youth work complements the offerings of independent providers, initiates new fields of work, and supports independent providers in carrying out their work. In order to face these challenges and to be able to implement this process successfully, a working group §78 SGB VIII was founded, which deals with this reorientation. Independent child welfare organizations are represented in this working group-. Youth work and municipal institutions.

Migration and Social Work Working Group

This working group has existed since 1998. Its members include independent organizations, the administration, the BAMF (Federal Office for Migration and Refugees) and migration counseling centers. Its objective is the exchange of information among its members as well as the development of cooperation and networking. The working group also prepares annual recommendations for action that are forwarded to the political arena.

Migration and health working group

Since 1999, the working group Migration and Health has been dealing with the identification of gaps in care and information and the design of access to the health care system for migrant people. It offers professionals the opportunity to exchange information on all ies concerning the health and psychosocial care of migrants and refugees in Darmstadt and the Darmstadt-Dieburg district. It also advocates for the intercultural further qualification and opening of the regular services of the health care system, including the psychosocial counseling centers, and provides a platform for internal and external cooperations.

The working group's dialog with decision-makers in the health administration and political decision-makers aims to anchor the improvement of health and psychosocial care for migrants in the region as a municipal policy task. Within the working group there are two sub-working groups (AG IKo Alter und Pflege, AG Psychosoziale Versorgung von Migrantinnen und Migranten). In recommendations, reports and position papers, an overview of achieved goals and measures is given, existing challenges are pointed out and solutions for overcoming them are presented.

Study group for eligible refugees

In the context of the immigration of many refugees who are interested in university studies, the Office for Intercultural and International Affairs, at the request of the three universities Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Hochschule Darmstadt and Evangelische Hochschule Darmstadt, brought together relevant stakeholders (universities, Foreigners Authority, Office for Social Affairs and Prevention, Studierendenwerk, providers of migration counseling for adult immigrants and the Hessian Ministry of Science u.w.) were brought together in a working group to discuss support and counseling services for study-ready or. To bundle refugees. To network. The Office for Intercultural and International Affairs is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and moderating the meetings and workshops. In the meantime, a self-supporting network has developed under the leadership of the TU Darmstadt. The Early Intervention Network links contact points. Offers for families with each other. Special attention is given to networking between child and youth welfare (family support, counseling and education) and health care (such as z.B. gynecologists, pediatricians, maternity clinics, midwives). Through networking and coordination in the area of "early help", the development opportunities of children and parents in the family and society are to be improved at an early stage and in a sustainable manner. In addition to practical support in everyday life, the "Early Help" program also aims to improve the quality of life for young people In particular, contribute to the promotion of the relationship and upbringing competence of (expectant) mothers and fathers.

Violence Protection Network

The Violence Protection Network, a professional, municipal support system with various project working groups, aims to improve prevention, intervention and aftercare in cases of domestic and sexualized violence and to further develop cooperation structures in this regard. The work is consistently oriented toward the people affected, their families and the social environment.

The network pursues a holistic, interdisciplinary approach, in which optimal and professional care for all those affected is just as important as the consistent prosecution, sanctioning, but also therapeutic support of the perpetrators and perpetratresses. In particular, the Working group on intercultural work with girls and women to the project working group of the network protection against violence. The Office for Intercultural Affairs. International is represented in this working group.

Alliance for the Family

The goal of the Alliance for Families is to make Darmstadt an attractive place for families to live and work in its region. One focus is on reconciling work and family life. To achieve this goal, members from the municipality, business, independent organizations, associations, churches and initiatives are involved in various fields of activity and under common tasks.

Network meeting BAMF

The regional coordinator invites to network meetings at regular intervals. Participants are u.a. Integration course providers, migration counseling centers, employment agency, job center, office for migration and inclusion of the Darmstadt-Dieburg district, education coordinators, and others. At these meetings, the regional coordinator provides information on all relevant, current information from the BAMF on figures in the area of "migration and asylum", on regulations and on current developments in the area of "integration courses" as well as on current programs and projects. Participants report on current developments, projects, programs and measures on their part.

Management group educational region

The goal is to establish a regional educational landscape in the area of the science city of Darmstadt and the district of Darmstadt-Dieburg. The background to this is the observation that people in the region do not orient their lives according to the boundaries of territorial authorities, but rather, in the best case, use the infrastructure and offerings of the entire region for all dimensions of their lives. The systematic development of a regional educational landscape is seen as a supporting pillar of city and district development.

The management group of the Darmstadt education region& Darmstadt-Dieburg prepares the basis for decisions for the steering group of the educational region together with the office of the educational advisory board. It receives its mandate from the steering group. It meets as needed about 4-6 times a year. It is composed of people from the administration of both local authorities.

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