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For Immediate Release:
April 30, 2013
Media Contact:
Rene Diaz


The Office of Community Advocacy exchange ideas with German delegates on immigration

From left to right: Rene Diaz, Ms. Marel Mentor, Kingsley Kofi Ohene-Dokyi, Amani Abu Zahra, Steffen Andersch, Katja Ellen Reimann Muammer Duran, Robert Devine, Mohammad Shakir

MIAMI, FL – The Miami-Dade County Office of Community Advocacy welcomed German delegates in an exchange of culture assimilation. In a meeting that took place on Thursday, April 25, 2013, members of the Asian Advisory Board shared ideas with various delegates from Germany on how to get immigration integrated into their communities.

The delegates included: Ms. Amani Abu Zahra, the Integration commissioner, The Islamic Religious Authority, Mr. Steffen Andersch, Director, Gegenpart, Mr. Muammer Duran, Attorney in Private Practice and Chairman, Hannover-Linden Chapter of the Christian-Democratic Union (CDU), Mr. Kingsley Kofi Ohene-Dokyi, Pegagogical Director Regional Center for Education, Integrations and Democracy (RAA), Ms. Katja Ellen Reimann, Political Editor “Der Tagesspiegel” 

Some of the ways mentioned included changing the perception of the community through media outlets and culture sensitivity training for all law enforcement agents and government employees. Cultural education can help citizens become aware of the different traditions that exist in their community and in turn invite them to become part of it, as in a consumer society at times social and cultural issues are underminded.

The Miami-Dade Asian Advisory Board is the link between the Asian minorities and the local government. German delegates are looking for successful Miami-Dade County programs that can be implemented in their country in order to attract immigrants from around the world.

Miami-Dade County is a model community for many European countries facing immigration and population assimilation challenges. The U.S. Department of State frequently invites foreign civil society leaders seeking a broader understanding of American culture to visit Miami-Dade County where they can learn about the County’s Community Advocacy Boards and their community building efforts.

For more information please contact the Office of Community Advocacy at 305-375-5730.