The Greek Forum For Refugees
European Council on Refugees & Exiles-ECRE
Lead by the Greek Forum for Refugees, a network of Refugees Communities in Greece, RISE builds on previous partnerships with the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, and all the other refugee and migrant groups that showed interest in an EU network see list: http://refugees.gr/2016/02/16/263/.
For decades, refugee and migrant communities settled in Europe have been the bridges between newcomers and receiving societies, providing all kind of support and developing local solutions. RISE aims at ensuring refugee and migrant groups are not only considered as those receiving aid, but also as contributors whose knowledge can empower newcomers and societies.
RISE is an opportunity to strengthen refugee/migrants voices at the national and EU level.
EU (Greece, Hungary, Germany, Austria, Italy, UK, etc.)
Discussions and policies on relocation, reception, inclusion, or return are ongoing at the national and EU level. While all the decisions taken are and will directly impact refugees, migrants and receiving societies,their voices remain unheard.
RISE intends to create a basis for an refugee and migrant groups network across Europe that share dedication to engage with migration and social cohesion, and advocate at national and EU level. In one year’s time, refugee and migrant groups will have strong knowledge and produce recommendations, and actively promote them by participating in diverse fora. In the long run, refugee and migrant groups will be proactive partners whose voice and solutions will be taken into account.
RISE will have three phases:
1 Consultation with refugee/migrant groups on a number of common issues and possible solutions.
2 Workshops with group representatives to elaborate recommendations and communication with people involved in solutions development for newcomers.
3 Recommendations dissemination and active participation of the group in several fora (EU and regional meetings, hubs, citizen platforms).
Beneficiaries are refugees and migrants whose input will be included in policies that affect their lives; local communities and the EU as a whole will benefit from more inclusive policy making that takes into account those most affected by it and generate cohesion.