CSS Students Role-play As Syrian Refugees

A German refugee assistant group shares experiences with students.

More than one million refugees have arrived in Germany since 2015 and Tuesday night St. Scholastica students got a small taste of what the experience of being a refugee in a foreign country would be like.

Two German men who have been helping resettle Syrian refugees in Germany visited the college to share their experiences.

“We really enjoy to be around young people who are open minded and who think about options… They think about what can we do as a community, as a society to make the world a better place,” said Claus Oellerking, who works with the Refugee Assistance Schwerin group.

The students were led through a role–playing exercise designed to make the issue more real to the students. In the exercise half of the students assumed the role of community members, while the other half were refugees.