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Live In Color: Citizens sponsor refugees in Liège

Sep 29, 2016 | News

(09 September 2016) – Sponsoring refugees to help with their installation and integration is the raison d’être of the Live In Color association, which was launched just over a year ago in Liège, Belgium. To date, around one hundred people have been sponsored and the spirit of solidarity is strengthening.

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Live In Color invites local people (the “sponsors”) to get involved during any of these three stages:

1) Accommodation (search, visits, negotiations with the landlord…) – experience shows that this is the most difficult phase;

2) Installation (furnishing the accommodation, administrative procedures at the municipality, the social assistance centre, health insurance, the bank, energy and communication providers … many of these tasks being new for the refugees);

3) Integration (developing social links, education, discovering the region and the socio-cultural environment, employment …).

One year and a lot of energy later, the results are impressive: one hundred refugees have been sponsored by one hundred volunteers, who provide one-off or occasional support.

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