"What is this word 'integration' really?" he asks, sitting on a couch near the foosball tables. "You have to have respect first—I need to know you, you need to know me. Once you have that, this integration is not so difficult."
Amer Saba, a 39-year-old Syrian refugee smoking outside the café agrees. Saba has made a new habit of cooking Syrian meals for the German community, hoping to spark communication.
"It's an interactive process," he says. "We are interested in the German lifestyle, but they need to know about us too." The first step, he thinks, is getting people to connect and share with each other. "It's a bad feeling when you are in some place and you just feel useless," Saba says.
"We are not coming from nowhere or never-never land. We are coming from Syria."