1 – An inspirational preparatory seminar in Alt Emporda, Catalonia, Spain, which took place from 10th until 15th of March 2017. It was a seminar focused on the Spanish Civil War, which was for us a starting point from where we opened our perspective and analysed the global consequences, dangers, risks and best practices on forced migrations. From there we refocused and closed perspective again and reflected together on the current situation and the refugee “crisis”. You can read more about it here.

2 – A Route To Connect field study trip, 15 May – 2 June 2016, Slovenia – Croatia – Serbia – Macedonia – Greece, which consisted of participants traveling along the so called Balkan route and meeting refugees, locals, local governments, NGO’s and volunteers. The aim of the journey is to give a voice to the refugees by collecting and distributing their stories and activate the refugees in the camps by setting an example of youth and volunteer work. After the study trip the participants follow up on the experience and create local projects with a team back home during the summer of 2017.

3 – Awareness Raising Campaign, June – December 2017: Participants of the field study trip (activity 2) implement local public events in their home countries concentrated around three key dates: World Refugee Day (20 June), International Youth Day (12 August) and International Day Of Peace (21 September). The public events can be for example theatre, photo exhibitions, human libraries, or workshops. Follow up of the campaign in the form of a final event is to be held during SCI’s General Assembly in Barcelona, Spain, in December 2017. Center for Intercultural Dialogue will support this action by filming a video connected to the refugee situation in Macedonia, and promoting it to the local community on the 21st of September, 2017 (International Day of Peace).

Objectives of the project:

  • raising awareness about the conditions of refugees
  • spreading and disseminating stories of refugees
  • activating and empowering youngsters
  • giving visibility to local associations and actions run by refugees
  • reaching various components of European society with a realistic image of refugees