There are many opportunities to get to know people from Hamburg. For example:

Welcome Dinner: Hamburg’s residents invite you to a welcome dinner!

Many people living in Hamburg invite immigrants and refugees to a welcome dinner in their homes. This is a way for you to meet people from Hamburg, speak some German and enjoy a free meal with them.

How do I get invited to a Welcome Dinner?

  1. Register at the following website:
  2. The “Welcome Dinner” team will call you up and tell you who your host will be. You will be given your host’s phone number.
  3. You can then arrange a date with your host for your Welcome Dinner.

It is important to be able to speak a bit of German or a bit of English so that you can understand your hosts.


Refugio – café for hospitality:

Café Refugio is a café for refugees. Here you can

  • drink tea or coffee for free
  • spend time
  • meet friends
  • play table football or board games

There are also plenty of other opportunities: Sports (e.g. rock climbing, football, cycling tours), concerts, cooking, city tours, language courses, escorts for visits to the authorities.

In the café you will find lists for these individual activities which you can sign up for.

Bremer Straße 9, Monday to Saturday, 3 pm – 8 pm,

Refugees Welcome Café: Hamburg students invite you!

Twice a month you can meet students from Hamburg and talk to them about whatever you like. You are invited to enjoy free hot and cold drinks, sweets and snacks; you are also welcome to ask any questions you might have about university or specific courses in Hamburg!

Hamburg University campus, Café Knallhart, Von-Melle-Park 9, on 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 5 pm,

Human@Human.ev: Mentors

Would you like to have a mentor? Someone from Germany or someone who has been living in Germany for a long time and can help you? Someone who you can go on trips around Hamburg with? Someone who can help you learn German, look for a flat or find a job?

Just visit the Human@Human offices and sign up for the mentoring programme. The group will find a partner for you and organise a first meeting where you can get to know each other.

Your mentor can help you with visits to authorities and with your education or simply spend time with you and, for example, cook together, to go a museum or a sporting event.

Harburger Schloßstraße 14, Monday to Friday 9 am – 12 pm

Last Updated: 27.07.2017

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