AICGS

Transatlantic Exchange Program for Young Minorities (2015-2016)

Giving Voice to Future Leaders

AICGS’ German-American youth exchange program addresses the theme “Immigration, Integration, and a New Transatlantic Generation.” As part of this initiative, twenty young leaders from academia, media, business, politics, and society take part in seminars and site visits in Washington and Berlin.

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Immigration, Integration, and a New Transatlantic Generation

The event was part of the continuation of the new AICGS program, which began in October 2015 in Washington, DC. The first panel included Mekonnen Mesghena, Department Head Migration and …

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May1

Immigration, Integration, and a New Transatlantic Generation

The first panel included the Director of a Pew Charitable Trust project on Immigration and the States Adam Hunter and the National Director for the Islamic Society of North America …

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Oct12

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Immigration, Integration, and A New Transatlantic Generation: Sharing Experiences from Young Minorities in the U.S. and Germany

AICGS is pleased to present two essays from the inaugural round of the AICGS New Transatlantic Exchange Program: Giving Voice to Diversity. This innovative program establishes new connections between communities …

Project Description

AICGS is pleased to announce its inaugural German-American youth exchange program on the theme “Immigration, Integration, and a New Transatlantic Generation.” As part of this new initiative, twenty young leaders from academia, media, business, politics, and society will take part in seminars and site visits in Washington and Berlin. The first part of the program in Washington, D.C., took place from October 12-15, 2015, and the second in Berlin will be held from May 1-4, 2016.

This innovative program will establish new connections between communities growing principally from an immigration background and address common challenges of integration such as unemployment, political and societal leadership, and international engagement. Project participants will include a core group of young leaders for intensive discussions and also interaction with the broader community of experts and advocates focused on issues of immigration, integration, and cross-cultural understanding.

AICGS has two primary objectives for the program:

  • to deepen public understanding of the issues and concerns of the largest populations in Germany and the United States with an immigration background; and
  • to build and sustain a network of young leaders committed to transatlantic relations. Click here to see a member of the German Bundestag highlight the importance of the program in this context.

Activities comprise a conference and site visits in both cities. Participants at the conference will engage in small groups and interact with leading experts from minority umbrella organizations, government, research institutions, and political foundations. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit other institutions including cultural/historical sites, offices of elected representatives, and non-profit associations that focus on issues of the underrepresented.


This program is generously funded by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) (Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with Funds through the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy (BMWI)).

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