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<p>The Institute of Research & Training on European Affairs – I.R.T.E.A. is implementing the Project “Reinventing European Solidarity and Raising Tolerance”- RESTART funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union. RESTART aims to raise awareness on the refugee crisis in Europe, support the participation of young Europeans in the […]</p>
<p>Moving to the next phase of RESTART Project of the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union and having gathered more than 440 participants on the activities implemented by the Consortium of Partners in 4 participating countries, we are happy to announce the beginning of the Pilot Activity procedures. […]</p>
<p>The project “ – Reinventing European Solidarity and Raising Tolerance” is pleased to announce the organization of the two-days training which will be held on 3 – 4 of June, 16:30 – 20:00 at First Euroflat Hotel in Brussels. In general the participants will receive a two days training on […]</p>
<p>On 27th – 28th of March, 2017 was implemented the training of RESTART Project in Athens, Greece on the rights of the refugees in Europe and on interactive methods useful to be used during the 16 days voluntary program which will follow in Lesvos (Greece) in October 2017. The training provided all […]</p>
<p>RESTART’ Project Consortium invites you to the next phase of the Project, the Structured Dialogue Event which will be held at the European Parliament Office in Athens, on January the 2nd – 3rd, 2017 at 14:00 to 18:00 o’ clock.For expressing your interest to attend, you are kindly requested to fill […]</p>

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Actions of the Program

“Migration is an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, safety and a better future. It is part of the social fabric, part of our very make up as a human family” - Ban Ki-moon


Structured Dialogue

Voluntarism and Study Visit at the Refugees’ Campus

Simulation Game


The refugee crisis EU has been facing is one of the most challenging it has faced in its existence. Only in 2015 1.294.000 people have applied for an asylum in the EU countries. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that more than 1,011,700 migrants arrived by sea in 2015, and almost 34,900 by land. This compares with 280,000 arrivals by land and sea for the whole of 2014. The figures do not include those who got in undetected. In this situation the project seeks to raise the awareness to the EU program and partner countries regarding the situation. Through the simulation game to help young people understand the complexity of the EU decision making process and the importance of active participation. Also, inform the refugees about their rights and obligations as asylum seekers in the EU and promote voluntarism in order to reinforce European and active citizenship. These goals will be achieved through workshops, Structured Dialogue, Trainings and the Volunteer program in order to promote youth engagement in the policy making on the subject,to bring policy makers and the public closer and promote social understanding on a European level. Finally, young people will interact and train refugees on their rights and obligations in the EU, in order to educate the society on human rights and asylum seekers rights The activities will take place in Athens, Tirana, Brussels, Nicosia and finally Mytilene. The project will affect directly 200 people.

Expected outcomes of the Project

RESTART wishes to inform and raise awareness in key countries regarding the refugee crisis, Greece, Albania, Cyprus as main routes for the refuges and Belgium as the heart of Europe.

Creation of an official policy paper

Through the discussions, workshops and trainings with the youth we will create a policy paper that expresses their concerns, ideas and vision for the EU and its role in the refugee crisis.

Promotion of the EU function and policies

Through the structured dialogue and the simulation game the audience will become more familiar with the function of the EU and the difficulties in decision-making at a European level.

Promotion of citizenship & a common European identity

Through the discussions with policy-makers and the interaction with people from different, yet European backgrounds, the participants will truly understand the complexity and value of active participation and the European citizenship.

Promotion of intercultural understanding

Through the interaction with people from different countries and refugees we will promote the values of understanding, respect and cohesion both to the participants of the project and the refugees that will be trained during the volunteer program.


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