Financial Literacy for Immigrants

Experience daily financial challenges in a game

For many people it is a real challenge to make meaningful financial decisions in everyday life and to grasp their possible long-term effects. How much more difficult must this be for immigrants who often have poor language skills and lack economic skills or practical experiences in their hosting country.
The game-based workshop for financial education teaches basic financial literacy. Participants learn the meanings of income, expenses, assets and liabilities in a private household and their interrelations. They discuss common living costs in their new country and how to set up a private budget. They learn how to calculate a net-income, i.e. what stays over, after the deduction of taxes and social expenditures.
Hamsterrad (Pocket Money Management, 2018 available) is a great game to visualize economic interrelations in private households. It provides a wonderful opportunity to discuss typical financial issues for a private household and to give a better understanding about cultural behaviors in their new country.

Competences: Learning for everyday life

  • 01

    Better understanding of common financial challenges of a single household in Germany

  • 02

    Introduction into the social and economic conditions in Germany

  • 03

    Basic financial education and literacy for everyday life, for a self-determined and sustainable lifestyle

  • 04

    Supporting and strengthening of consumer competence in the new country

  • 05

    Socialization through group experience and sharing of practical knowledge

  • 06

    Learning important basic economic knowledge, without spending real money.

  • 07

    Economic decisions and their possible consequences are tried out and are tested.

  • 08

    Respect each other,
    Listen to each other,
    Understand each other,
    Learn from each other
    in a Board Game.


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