Over the week of 24 to 28 October 2022, 14 EMMIR Edition 10 students visited Erlangen and Nuremberg as part of a study trip on the topic of human rights and migration. The week-long study trip was developed and led by EMMIR Alumn Daniel Braga, currently a PhD student at Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU).
Over the week, students visited and attended FAU, the Nuremberg Trials Memorium, the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds, Dachau Concentration Camp,the Office for Integration and Diversity in Erlangen City Hall, and the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).
Why a study trip to Erlangen-Nuremberg?
Nuremberg played a key role in the emergence and establishment of Nazism in the 1920s and 1930s. The city had three important roles: the Nuremberg Laws, the Nuremberg Rallies, and the Nuremberg Trials. In modern day, the city hosts the Nuremberg Human Rights Film Festival, the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg, and it is also where the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has the headquarters.
The study trip “Human Rights and Migration“ aimed to show the intersections of Human Rights and Migration, including tours, lecturers, workshops and debates from different topics which will connect the two fields.
On the agenda
E10 student Chiamaka Akpuogwu said of the trip: "This week has been filled with a lot of practical insights into the activities of state and non-state actors in catering to migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. It has also afforded me a better understanding of the horrors of Nazism and the evil that the human mind can conjure when people act outside the boundaries of equity, fairness and good conscience."
"Nuremberg is an emblematic site for the struggle to reconcile with one's past while rebuilding a future that not only preserves memory, but attempts to rehumanize it," said E10 student Catherine Blais-Delisle.