With more than one million refugees from the Syrian crisis in 2015 and 2016, Germany was a role model in the European Union. The German authorities supported the associations that welcomed and help integrate refugees socially, for their optimal reception. Düsseldorf, the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, received more than one in five of these new arrivals in Germany.
As a place for the refugee community and the residents of Düsseldorf to meet, an Ideas Box was installed in 2016 and allowed for the implementation of recreational and creative activities to facilitate the professional, educational, and social assimilation of the refugees.
In particular, the Ideas Box enabled a discussion between high school students and refugees about stereotypes, resulting in the creation of giant collective graffiti. In addition, the cameras and photo editing software of the Ideas Box were used in the photo project “Ankommen und Leben in Düsseldorf” (Arrive and Live in Düsseldorf), where refugees presented their view of Düsseldorf, showing how integration is both a social and personal process.