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(Student) Initiatives for refugees

The AG Flüchtlingshilfe, the working group refugee aid of the Department of Medicine’s student committee at HHU, is a group of medical students with the aim to improve the medical care situation of refugees. Here you can find an outline of their project.

In order to help overcome the language barrier that many refugees experience a regional database of interpreters is currently being set up. If you are interested in working as a translator/interpreter, or if you have questions concerning this elective, please send us an .

The AG Flüchtlingshilfe is always happy to welcome new volunteers to their meetings which usually take place every Thursday at 5pm at the Fachschaftsraum (meeting room of the departmental student committee) located at the O.A.S.E. building. To find out more about the project, please send us an


The Medizinische Flüchtlingshilfe Düsseldorf is an initiative by medical students which seeks to improve the medical care situation for refugees while at the same time teaching the students skills that are essential in their respective fields. The students act as health care guides: to help overcome bureaucratic obstacles and language barriers they accompany patients to their medical appointments. They also provide bilingual questionnaires in numerous languages to document the patient’s medical history in order to facilitate and speed up the first appointment with a new doctor. The medical students installed this project in cooperation with the charity Diakonie Düsseldorf in 2015 and have supported medical care efforts for refugees based in Düsseldorf ever since. more


The open consultation hours are every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6pm-7.30pm at the Welcome Center close to Düsseldorf main station (Heinz-Schmöle-Str. 7, 40227 Düsseldorf).

The Refugee Law Clinic Düsseldorf (RLCD) was established in 2016 by a group of university students and other dedicated persons at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. It offers free legal advice to refugees and asylum seekers and is supported by Studium Universale at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. In lectures as well as practical seminars, the student counsellors learn about asylum, migration and residence laws and are always kept up to date with any new developments. They work together with trained lawyers who specialise in asylum or migration law as well as interpreters in order to guarantee the highest possible quality of consultation. They offer counselling sessions e.g. for refugees who are changing their place of residence or who wish to bring their families to Germany. They help refugees in dealing with German authorities and a number of other matters. The legal counselling sessions give the students an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to real-life cases while at the same time providing a low-threshold access for refugees and asylum seekers to legal advice.   

More information: www.rlc-duesseldorf.de

The RLC on facebook: www.facebook.com/rlcduesseldorf.

Homepage Welcome Center here.

Homepage Welcome Point 01 here.

Overview of all Welcome Points in Düsseldorf: here.

The AStA, or Students’ Representative Council, at Heinrich Heine University is elected by the student parliament (SP) for one year and is the students' highest executive body.

It represents all students within the limits of its legal and statutory powers and is also responsible for supporting each individual student.

The AStA is involved in sourcing financial assistance and scholarships for students, it runs social self-help initiatives and safeguards students' interests with regard to higher education policy. It also maintains international student relations, organises cultural events and runs a sports programme.


"Welcome to NRW" is North Rhine-Westphalia’s official app for refugees. It provides general and basic information and helps them find their way around NRW. App


Refugees play a major role not only in politics but also in science. This is why HHU joined the worldwide “Scholars at Risk” network (SAR) this year. This international network consists of over 400 universities, research institutions and other science organisations that cooperate to protect threatened researchers and to promote values such as freedom of science. Each year “SAR” supports hundreds of researchers for example with temporary placements in one of their member institutions, with on-the spot help for the researchers and their families and also with advice and access to professional networks of researchers and their host institutions. With the help of this platform all interested scientists at HHU can find colleagues in their respective academic fields who they might want to host.  Please use this link to find threatened researchers in your academic field: here


The "Science4Refugees - Research Buddies" project is part of EU’s “Science 4Refugees” initiative and is designed to be an easy way for refugees to build a network to stay up to date in their area of research and keep in touch with the research community. More


"Chance-for-Science" is a project of Leipzig University and provides a platform for exchange for refugees and local scientists, academics and students. More


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