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Promoting citizen’s initiatives for migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers

Welcome Refugees

The AEIDL community feels very concerned and has tried to identify and to give visibility to citizens’ initiatives, in order to reflect on how European and national or regional policies can facilitate the integration and empowerment of migrants and refugees.

The media coverage of the mass movement/migration of people in recent times have left indelible images in our minds: people fleeing war, persecution, poverty and the impact of climate change to seek refuge within the safe, conflict-free countries of the European Union.

The reaction to this migration of people from the Middle East (mainly Syria and Iraq), Africa, and Asia (mainly Afghanistan) has varied: from the criminalisation of migrants to deep compassion on the part of ordinary people. For some older Europeans, the situation of the migrant’s evoked memories of the trauma and their own or the family experiences of being refugees.

The movement of migrants and the presence of refugees is a huge challenge for the European Union: this is reflected in the difficulty of European countries to agree upon a common policy on migrants and refugees and the respect for the application of the Schengen Agreement on free movement.

The AEIDL community feels very concerned and has tried to identify and to give visibility to citizens’ initiatives, in order to reflect on how European and national or regional policies can facilitate the integration and empowerment of migrants and refugees.

La Fabrique nomade

Migrants often find it difficult to make use of their professional skills in their host country, but a project that started in Paris last year, La Fabrique Nomade (The Nomadic Factory), is working with migrants to value their hidden talents.

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