Social inclusion, Migration

Balkan Route Revisited shortlist


Who is behind this?

Lejla Strika

Institute for Youth Development KULT

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Who is joining forces?



Croatian Film Association


Memos e.V.


The additional partners are belonging to two intertwined thematic regional networks. One is called "Recollecting the Future" and financed by Erasmus+, the other "20 years on", a project submitted at "Europeans for Peace". Our prospective partners are from Slovenia (Institute Horus), Montenegro (Mladiinfo), Macedonia (Volunteers Centre Skopje), Kosovo (Diakonie Youth Centre Mitrovica), Albania (Projekt Vullnetare Nderkombetare) Turkey (Akdeniz University Ankara) and Greece (United Balkan).

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

With the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990's, seven new nations appeared on Europe's political map. As is know, this process was painful and millions of people had to take refuge from violence and turmoil. Hardly two decades later, the region again is shaken by a refugee crisis. This time, people from the Middle East traverse the Balkan.This project will strengthen the help and self-help capacities of volunteers in the Balkan by drawing from their own experience as refugees and returnees.

Where will your idea take place?

South Eastern Europe

Why does Europe need your idea?

The Western Balkan is still affected by the outcomes of the Yugoslav Wars. Not only those who personally have experienced the war, but also their larger families (including members of the various diasporas in Central, Southern, Western and Northern Europe) are exposed to feelings of trauma, displacement and the urge to press for ethnic and national identity. Many take it as granted that the refugee crisis will disintegrate the European Union, even if their own experience taught them differently.

What is your impact?

The pan-European network inspired and expanded by this project empowers volunteers to design and implement humanitarian activities in the context of the current "refugee crisis". The activities are showcasing and ensuring the European values of peace and reconciliation, human rights and respect for human life, solidarity and support for others. One year from now, our network will have partners in the Ruhr Area involved in a transnational program responding to the needs of our target group.

How do you get there?

1) In August 2016, two representatives of each of the above mentioned twelve partner organisations, together with relevant German stakeholders will organize a 5-day networking conference aiming to transfer to the Ruhr Area the learning outcomes of "Recollecting the Future" and "20 Years On".
2) Based on the results of the networking event, various micro-projects to the benefit of refugees on the Balkan Route are being set up. Financed through the project's own sub-granting scheme they are advocating for the European values and standards.(09 - 12/2016)
3) In February 2017, the results of "Balkan Route Revisited" are evaluated and disseminated in the course of a closing event to be organized in Sarajevo.There, it will be discussed to what extent the refugee crisis is a crisis of Europe.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Target group:
Volunteers and professionals directly or indirectly affected by refugee narratives connected to the Yugoslav Wars.
Public and private organization engaged to promote the social inclusion of refugees.
Individuals and groups originating in the Middle East travelling on the Balkan route
Network partners, civil society and public sector, international organisation and the interested public in the Balkan region and Germany

What makes your idea stand apart?

We have put a huge effort into our networking activities by integrating networks of stakeholders from the Western Balkan / ex-Yugoslavia with those from Albania and Turkey, countries that also belong to the European Union's "Instrument for Pre-Accession" (IPA). Our most recent contact is "United Balkan" from Greece. We consider the complexity and track record of our network as relevant in the context of the Advocate Europe engagement.

€ 42000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 84000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Sub-granting to 12 micro-projects: 12.000 Travel, accommodation, catering: 11.000 Salaries and fees: 10.000 Communication, dissemination of results: 4.000 Office and workshop material 2.000 Indirect aosts and administration 3.000 (all in EUR)

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Internal and external Networks: Mlada Evropa Youth Conference at the occasion of the 100th commemoration of the outbreak of World War I. National network of youth umbrella organisations (i.e. youth councils) Strategic partners in South Eastern and Central Europe



Idea created on March 6, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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