According to the Geneva Refugee Convention, a refugee is someone who ‘owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable to avail himself of the protection of that country.’ However, the reasons why people feel forced to leave their home country go far beyond the scope of this definition. They include war, hunger, climate catastrophes and many more. Therefore, we include all women who were forced to flee from their country and not only those who are legally recognised as ‘refugees’. The search for access to the health care system in Germany can be exhausting. In addition, access to the standard health care system is not available to everyone. Therefore, refugee women* may face special challenges or problems when they experience an unintended pregnancy. This makes personal networks and resources particularly important. We would like to learn more about your personal experiences with an unintended pregnancy in Germany. Who supported you in this situation and what people were there for you? With hindsight, what could have gone better? We would like to know what your experience of the time around your unintended pregnancy in Germany was like.
If you recognise yourself and your experiences in this description, we would be very grateful if you would get in touch with us and agree to share your story with us. Your experiences are important! All conversations are, of course, fully anonymised so no conclusions can be drawn about your identity.