On our tours, people who are usually rather talked ABOUT have their say: people, who were homeless and refugees. They offer room for personal envounters and dialogue. And they are meant to raise awareness for the fact that in the heated debates about supposedly homogeneous groups we invariably pass judgement over persons with individual life stories and fates.
In 2016, over 860,000 people in Germany were homeless. At least that is what the Federal Working Group for Homeless Aid estimates. So far however, there are no official, national statistics.
Everyday, 28,300 people flee persecution and conflict. According to the UNHCR, at the end of 2016, there were 65.6 million people worldwide on the run. With 5.5 million refugees, Syria is the main country of origin.
The Social Welfare Office estimated that in 2015 there were 10,000 citizens in Dresden involved in refugee support. At that time, Pegida had 5,000 to 6,000 followers many however, came from outside the city.