World Refugee Day 2014
20-06-2014 Members News
World Refugee Day 2014 in the European Union
Across the European Union, Red Cross Societies are engaging in a wide range of activities aimed at promoting respect for diversity, non-violence and social inclusion of all migrants and enhancing cultural awareness between migrant and local communities. Here as some examples of their activities:
In Denmark, the Red Cross organises an Open House event on the Refugee Day 20 June at the Asylum Centre "Avnstrup”. To sensitise population to challenges faced by asylum seekers in Denmark, the Red Cross, in collaboration with the local municipality of Lejre and the organisation Copenhagen Pix, will share information on education, access to healthcare, etc. through several workshops and exhibitions. The event will end with an open-air film screenings of the film "The Lunchbox”. Download the programme (in english).
In the Netherlands, the Red Cross Humanity House organised a concert, "The sound of running”. A choreography, inspired by people forced to flee conflict, was also performed.
For the second year, the Lithuanian Red Cross joined the UNHCR to organise a picnic in the central park in Vilnius to celebrate the World Refugee Day. Three famous Lithuanian DJs played during the event.
Meanwhile, the Swiss Red Cross organised several events to highlight the importance to support social integration of refugees and asylum seekers. In the canton of Uri, the Red Cross set up a conference focusing on women and the asylum procedure.
For the Refugee Week (16-22 June), the British Red Cross celebrates the positive contribution that refugees make to the society and focuses this year on children and young people. It released a comic, "Over under sideways down”, about the upsetting but ultimately uplifting true story of a young Kurdish-Iranian refugee. The comic paints a vivid picture of Ebrahim’s journey to the UK and the help he received from the British Red Cross.
In Belgium, the Red Cross partnered with UNHCR, the Belgian asylum authorities and NGOs working with refugees and asylum seekers in Belgium to highlight the importance of fair play for those who are seeking refuge from war, violence and persecution. Eight randomly mixed teams of four players, composed of refugees, asylum seekers, employees of the asylum authorities and members of the NGO community will play a tournament of mini football in Brussels.
The Belgian Red Cross (French speaking section), in relation with the World Refugee Day, organises as well its annual Patchwork festival to share and raise awareness about the realities of asylum seekers and life in the reception centres. Download the programme (French).
In Latvia, the Red Cross interviewed two asylum seekers at the refugee centre near Riga and will share their testimonies on their website.
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