“To Do What I Do Better!”

Today the second cohort of the growing AWON Practitioners Network held its first meeting. This time the group is made up by 10 practitioners working in Hungary, Slovakia, Sweden, UK, Ireland, and Germany. Their field of expertise and engagement stretches from providing legal aid, psychological empowerment, support for young and employment opportunities to new refugees …

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Conviviality – a Mechanism of Inclusion

“How is it possible to live together in a Europe of increasing diversity and growing inequality?” This question was raised by the solidarity group, diaconal actors from the three European regions, within the Lutheran World Federation working to reform community diaconia in Europe.  https://vimeo.com/509784870 Above you find a recording of the lunch bite webinar Diaconal practice …

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Is Europe Closing the Borders?

The recent changes in migration policy being considered by the European Union and how the grassroots foster the political will needed to cope with these changes in a constructive way was discussed in A World of Neighbours December zoomcast. Professor Peo Hansen has studied the European collaboration around asylum since the beginning of the 1990’s. …

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Rich Conversation at Kaiciid Forum on Social Inclusion in Europe

When Kaiciid’s 2nd European Policy Dialogue Forum on Refugees and Migrants started on November 3 it was with a heavy heart. The night before a terrorist had shot and killed four persons in down-town Vienna. Together we joined Austria in a minute of silence, mourning with those who lost loved ones in the attack.  To me, and I am sure many …

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Religious Leaders Send Strong Message as EU Presents Migration Pact

“Solidarity should be the guiding principle governing migration and particularly refugee reception,” the statement says. “We expect the EU to reject the discourse and politics of fear and deterrence, and to adopt a principled stance and compassionate practice based on the fundamental values on which the EU is founded.” The organisations issued the statement in advance …

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A new beginning

– I was happy in Sweden, had friends who loved me and a clear vision about my future. After a long time I had finally started to feel at home again, but then all that collapsed and I became all alone, again, says Arash Khawari. – As a child my dream was to become a …

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