“The statistics clearly show that mass immigration increased the crime rate.” “In those cultures, violence is allowed.” “We must defend ourselves against the system.” These statements can no longer just be heard in German pubs and in certain environments. They have long since found their way into school yards and state institutions, into correctional facilities, religious communities, on parents’ meetings; even in daycare centres, educators are confronted with children who repeat what they hear at home. Supposedly, harmless words and sentences can quickly grow into attitudes and actions. The task of prevention measures is to offer different perspectives, to stimulate discussion, and to generate the willingness to consider oneself as part of a society that allows competing views as well as various models of life and belief.

Hände melden sich im Unterricht

Prevention offers facilitate ability to act

Successful prevention measures are not only aimed at allegedly at-risk target groups, but also at multipliers at state, institutional and civil society level. The measures are not limited to the well-established inter-religious and intercultural workshops in schools, but are also specifically aimed at target groups that are exposed to competing or supposedly incompatible value systems for work or honorary purposes. Effective prevention services provide volunteers and professionals, who are exposed to ignorance, prejudice, and targeted propaganda in everyday life, with skills and tools to act competently towards those who discriminate, generalise or behave derogatory towards certain groups of people.