1 June, 2016

Refugees: Recommended Offline Actions

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Category: Asylum seekers, Refugees
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dmeu_r705b_1_std.lang.all másolataORGANISE YOUR LOCAL EVENT WITH/FOR/ABOUT REFUGEES ON 20TH JUNE 2016

These are the recommendations for offline social and cultural events for Action Day for Refugees and Asylum Seekers on the 20th June 2016. The Action Day calls for a wide and systematic reaction and condemnation of Hate Speech targeting Refugees. It also stands in solidarity with refugees, asylum-seekers and all those working to make the right to asylum a reality. Debating how to best support and integrate refugees and respond to concerns of host communities following the refugee crisis has to be done without hate speech and with respect of the dignity and human rights of refugees and asylum seekers .

Social events where members of the community (new and old) can share drinks, food, cultural expressions etc. are often an icebreaker to get to know each other and for more long-term dialogue process to start.  The success lays in the informal atmosphere and safety of the space that is created with representatives of all communities taking part. A social activity will help attract visitors, think of a local popular game, fair that might take place or other.

Consider organising one or more of the following activities in your school, local community or during a summer festival:

  • Cinafoon: during a Cinafoon a movie is shown followed by a short discussion. It allows raising awareness about different topics in a direct and effective way. It can also allow for the presentation of perspective of a refugee in case they are not present at your event. Check the guidelines on organising a Cinafoon created for 8 March action day. Here you can find a list of suggested films.

  • Living Library: This can be a very effective tool if well organised. Visitor of the Living Library can ask questions to various people (books) coming from different background. You will need to ensure the participation of refugees but also representatives of other communities, for example a person supporting nationalistic movements. For more on the methodology see this page.

  • High speed Language course: it can be very interesting to learn the basic greetings and saying of each other’s languages. Explaining the meaning behind an expression is often an engaging opening to the culture of the other.


If you are interested in more educational activities, you can read the Recommended Educational Tools prepared for this Action Day too.

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