Alia Al Ghussain
Center for Refugee Solidarity
We want to tackle racism towards refugees in Sweden, by reaching out to youth in Skåne through workshops in schools.
We plan to document the experiences of refugees who have come to Sweden in the last two years. This will feed into our work tackling racism in schools, and will put a human face on the refugee issue.
The final phase of the project will be a transnational conference for European actors working with refugees, in which we will discuss how to continue combating racism.
We are addressing the challenge of racism towards refugees in Sweden particularly, and Europe generally. Additionally, we will address the negative image of refugees presented by the media and which is prevalent in mainstream discourse
- To contribute to better social and political cohesion within Europe, regarding refugees, by raising awareness of their situations and stories.
- To start a dialogue on the issue of racism towards refugees among young people in Skåne, challenging the growth of racism within the region.
Documentation: We will work with municipalities in Skåne to get in contact with refugees who arrived in Sweden in the last two years. We will interview them on their experiences. This will be used to create a report and interactive map of refugees experiences in Skåne.
Workshops: We will use the information gathered to create workshop to be held in schools across the reason which challenges negative stereotypes of refugees.
Conference: We will organise a conference with other organisations working with youth and/or refugees in Europe to focus on key strategies for combating racism on a European-level.
Refugees in Sweden/Europe: Swedish society will be more aware of the struggles of refugees, which will create an understanding social environment for refugees in Sweden.
Swedish society: Will be more informed on the issues facing refugees, and will be more willing to tackle racism
European civil society: Civil society organisations will have more information on how to facilitate social cohesion with refugee communities, and will have more resources available to work on this subject.
Our idea puts refugees at the forefront of the fight against racism. By elevating and empowering refugee voices, we allow this community to lead and influence the formulation of our anti-racism advocacy. Refugees will decide what issues most need to be tackled regarding their place in Swedish society.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Major expenses include: - Researcher/facilitator salaries 19, 500 EUR - Office Rent 5800 EUR - Accommodation costs for conference speakers 3250 EUR