Berliners get an appetite for refugees’ cuisine

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Restaurant and cooking groups whose food is served by refugees are part of projects in Berlin using meals to build bridges between Berliners and recent immigrants

Lunchtime on a weekday at Alagami restaurant, in Berlin’s Neukölln district, is busy as usual. Waiters buzz around serving plastic plates brimming with orange-tinted saffron chicken pilaf, tabbouleh and hummus, and tall glasses of labnah yoghurt drink. Outside, a hijab-clad little girl zips past on her e-skateboard. The only difference between Alagami and the many other Lebanese and Syrian restaurants here is that all the employees are recent Syrian refugees.

The group offers cooking sessions with a focus on integration, getting to know the individual behind the term refugee

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