Welcome to "Willkommen in Gransee"

The initiative "Willkommen in Gransee" started its work in January 2014 in order to structure the support work from the population of Gransee for the refugees coming to Gransee in the future. With the arrival of the first refugees our initiative was able to give basic support in language matters and daily practical activities.  Through showings of films and theatre performances and an informative seminar we were able to increase the awareness and knowledge of the situation of the refugees. In the meantime the main refugee facility has been opened for about 80 people and refugees from many countries have moved in. In addition, the city of Gransee has offered to the initiative a special house for use for their activities.

The web portal of the German Federal Government reports on successful integration in Garnsee

Also the German Federal Government is interested in the voluntary work of the initiative «Welcome in Gransee». A contribution on the governmental web portal reports on a Syrian family and its mentor from Gransee. Read more... (only in German)


14 December 2016: Christmas Celebration

The refugees initiative "Welcome in Gransee" and the "Frauenkreis Oberhavel Nord“ would like to invite you for celebrating "Christmas with families" on Wednesday, December 14, at "Hospital Global", Ruppiner Straße 8 in Gransee.

2 pm: Cookie baking
4 pm: Begin of the celebration

Please contact Viviane Zipperling till December 9: 0174/8705284


Integration of refugees into a provincial town of Brandenburg − is that possible?

An article of Ines Richter appeared in the autumn issue 2016 of the journal KommunalPraxis. In her contribution she presents the work and experiences of the refugees initiative «Welcome in Gransee». Read more... (only in German)


rbb TV visited the Welcome Initiative Gransee

Photograph: S. Blumberg, Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung

Many highly committed volunteers helped the refugees at the beginning of the crisis. However, how ist the situation today when it comes to the integration of the migrants? rbb journalist Stefanie Teisler wanted to know more and visited the Welcome Initiative Gransee. Friday, 26th of August, the video has been broadcasted in the rbb programme 'Brandenburg aktuell'. Watch the contribution (only in German)


Summer party of the welcome initiative on 19th August 2016

The refugee’s initiative "Welcome in Gransee" invites everybody from Gransee to this year’s summer party in the garden of Hospital Global, Ruppiner Str. 8 in Gransee on Friday, 19th August, from 5 pm to 10 pm. A divers program awaits the visitors: Children will have fun at various games and handicraft facilities, including a bouncy castle, a make-up table and a fortune wheel. Adults may take part in the international round dance or the drum group which will be led by Yvonne Nägel and Herbert Brauer from the association "Gemeinsam". Kai Hansen enriches the party with a musical contribution. And also a buffet with coffee and cake, a Pakistani barbecue, sausages, pitta bread and other delicacies is organized.


16 July 2016: Bike tour

The Welcome Initiative invites everybody to join for a bike ride to the area around Gransee.
Meeting place: Tower “Ruppiner Tor”, Saturday 16th July 2016 at 1 p.m.
The ride is about 20 km long but we make several breaks. Please bring something to eat and drink.
More information (in German, English and Arabic)


How do Arabic societies function?
What are the impacts for our welcoming culture?

"Other countries, other manners" says a German proverb literally translated. It particularly poses a challenge for the refugees who need to integrate into our society. However, we can and we want to support them. The more we know about the circumstances under which they have lived in their home countries, the merrier we can assist them. More information will be given in a talk by Martin Klumpp which will take place at the Heimatmuseum Gransee, Rudolf-Breitscheid-Str. 44 on Wednesday, March 23 at 7 pm. Read more...


The bad things into the fire, the good things to me


The Festival of Fire is a prelude to the Iranian New Year. On behalf of the Iranian refugee group, the refugee initiative "Welcome to Gransee» invites all citizens warmly for an auspicious jump over the fire in the garden of Hospital Global, Ruppiner Str 8 in Gransee on Tuesday March 15 at 7 pm. Read more...


Movie Night exceptionally on Wednesday 23 March at 7 pm

The next Movie Night will exceptionally not take place on Tuesday but on Wednesday, 23 March 2016 at 7 pm in the Begegnungshaus — Hospital Global, Ruppiner Str 8, 16775 Gransee. The internationally award-winning film "Bekas The adventures of two superheroes" will be screened. In the film Karzan Kader, Swedish director of Kurdish origin, tells the personal story of his childhood: His escape from Iraq. A serious issue that is interpreted in a humorous way.  The Kurdish word "Bekas" means orphans. Admission is free as usual, donations for the film project are welcome. Read more...

Movie Night on 23 February at 7 pm

We would like to invite you to this week's Movie Night at the Hospital Global, Ruppiner Str. 8 in 16775 Gransee which will start as usual at 7 pm. The 2008 japanese film «Departures» directed by Yōjirō Takita was awarded the Oscar for the best foreign language film in 2009. The entrance is free, donations for our movie project are very welcome.
More informationen on the film

How to move on with the refugees initiative?

Since two years the welcome initiative Gransee exists and since April 2015, when the first refugees arrived in Gransee, the migrants are actively supported. Now it was time to look back and to identify new fields of action in order to be better prepared for future challenges. Therefore, a roundtable discussion took place on Sunday, 24th of January 2016 from 11am to 3pm. About 20 people met at Hospital Global in Gransee and exchanged ideas under the direction of the professional moderator Jérome Niemeyer. Read more...

Movie-Night: Middle of the Moment

In our MOVIE-NIGHT series the Swiss film «Middle of the Moment» will be shown at Hospital Global, Ruppiner Str. 8 in 16775 Gransee on Tuesday January, 26 at 7pm. Read more...