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 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
- Inform the refugees about their rights and obligations as asylum seekers in the EU
- Promote voluntarism in order to reinforce European and active citizenship
- Counter the stigmatization of the refugees by informing and engaging the public to a debate about it
These goals will be achieved through a specific set of actions:
- Workshops, in order to promote youth engagement in the policy making on the subject
- Structured Dialogue, in order to bring policy makers and the public closer and promote social understanding on a European level
- Trainings, in order to educate the society on human rights and asylum seekers rights
- Volunteer program, where young people will interact and train refugees on their rights and obligations in the EU
- Simulation game, in order to give young people the chance to experience policy making
The activities will take place in Athens, Tirana, Brussels, Nicosia and finally Mytilene. The project will affect directly 200 people.