Suna Meier-Berndt | 22.10.2018
Hello, I'm Suna. I'm currently doing an internship at World-in-Hannover.de, writing small texts for the cultural offerings featured on the site, and so on and so forth, and that's why I was also involved in the 2018 Migration Conference.
When we arrived at the New Town Hall, we had to list ourselves and the organization from which we came if we come from one. For the statistics. Then we went off to the mosaic hall. The room is tall, big too, but smaller than the sports hall of a school. And full of mosaics. There are chairs set out and most are already occupied, but I find a place and wait.
After the mosaic hall was full and over a hundred people can fit in there, the conference started with an Indian dance performance. Nothing that I have not seen on television hundreds of times when my mum watches her Bollywood movies in the evenings, but still very nice. And then that happens, which happens at every event. There are speeches. All right, "greetings", but still speeches.
The MiSO and representatives of the city of Hannover, and probably also Germany, welcome those present, are all very pleased to be there. The state representative for migration and participation, Ms. Schröder-Köpf, who should have been there, could not come and sent a representative but the man was nice and spoke with enthusiasm, so it is not a loss, at least not for me. He talks about the fact that the migration conference now belongs to Hannover, since it is already the third timeit has taken place here. Because Weil said that, our former mayor and now Prime Minister of Lower Saxony. And then a collection of signatures was handed to the city, which was handed round once again in the room to get more signatures. It was about demands on the city, of course in connection with the MiSO.
My dear colleagues Martin Tönnies and M. Puya Eslami were there as well, filmed the Indian dance and took a few nice photos.
Finally, the first lecture starts. I'm already preparing to open a book and read. Lectures are not for me. But Mark Terkessidis quickly changes my mind. He is a writer, journalist and migration researcher, and with these words he introduces himself. His talk is funny and stirring. Nothing compared to what politicians and professors - if you omit Trump - otherwise do. The point is that, in his opinion, migration has already taken place. That it is about integration and, above all, about the enmity that many are showing. He talks fast and waves his hands and comes from one point to the next, as if nothing could stop him. It's like when you think. Only time stops him in the end, and the moderator, also a journalist. But I'll think about his words later. He says migrants should not "have a say" but "decide". In my opinion, we all decide with us and do not just decide, because if only I would decide, it seems to me at least from the expression as if I alone decide everything. But I think basically he means the same thing as I do, just finds the word "decide" more fitting, because it sounds more like you've made the decision yourself than "codecide" the word. And then Terkessidis comes to integration and says that people are upset about everything anyway. Which is right. Since it may be the woman who "drives a SUV, speaks perfect German and graduated from high school, but wears a headscarf". Or the "homosexualisation of society, because in the past there were no homosexuals, they all just want to be special". One knows yes. Discrimination is great! You have to have experienced that, otherwise life is not fun!
After a question and answer session, with very few questions, but long-winded answers, it was already 16:20 and the first break began. Yes, it all sounds very school. Unfortunately, I had to leave, but the rest of the audience could look forward to another lecture and some workshops and in the end there should also be cake. It's a shame that I missed it.