The refugee crisis is the most serious risk to European cohesion in decades. Integration will be the challenge of a generation. Our “Welcome to Europe” radio station will create a public shared space for refugees and citizens, broadcasting legal and practical basics for the newly arrived; debates, personal stories, events of the week for refugees and citizens, a comic angle at culture clash
Refugees feel isolated and powerless. The newly arrived struggle with language and asylum procedures. Shelters often do not provide internet access, nor books or newspapers. Not permitted to work or without recognition for their skills, planning the future is hard.
Mass media cover the refugee crisis from a political point of view, but give little space to the refugees’ own voice. Social media are important, but often fragmented into extreme political positions or ethnic groups.
Our “Welcome to Europe” radio station will be a public shared space for refugees and citizens, bringing authentic voices from all refugee communities and corners of society together with the help of language interpreters and moderators. It will be heard on terrestrial radio through syndication to existing radio stations. It can also be heard on the internet, and through any podcast application for offline listening.
We start small with about one hour of editorial program per week, divided into episodes
of 5-15 minutes. Episodes with legal and practical basics for the newly arrived will be available in English, Arabic, Farsi (& Tigrinya if possible). Listeners can call in to ‘Ask a Lawyer’. For both refugees and citizens: ‘Culture Clash’ (e.g. a first visit to the swimming pool, meeting a homosexual couple), ‘Talking Shop’ (Afghan farmer/carpenter meets German farmer/carpenter), Events of the week, Celebrating refugee artists. Women-oriented programs (health, rights, opportunities; quite a few refugee women are primary illiterates and benefit especially from a radio format). Content is to be sold to terrestrial stations for added revenue. Refugee talents e.g. moderators, technicians, are recruited.
1. Refugees: Newly arrived, waiting for procedure, or recognized. Living in shelters (limited wifi) or on their own. Graduated to illiterate. Technical/artistic talents and refugee community orgs (in discussion with www.impulse-projekt.de).
2. Helper initiatives: Celebrating their work, broadcasting requests.
3. Society in general - appreciation and understanding of cultures outside Europe. Cultural venues, artists
4. Government: Municipalities, Asylum authorities (practical info)
Our idea recognizes the specific strengths of a rather 'traditional' medium in the specific context where authentic voices are lacking, where illiteracy exists among the target group, and where interpreters and moderators are needed to make understanding possible, something that new social media do not provide on the same level.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
START UP: 1400 € (Advertising 500 €, Webmastering 450 €, Creative audio director 450 €) EQUIPMENT : 2800 Computers, micros, headsets PER WEEK (1 hr original program + music) : 2500 € (request funding for 4months -> 17 wks -> 42 500€) Journalist: 500 € Researches, interviews… Translation : 360 € Broadcast available in 4-5 languages ( English, Arabic, Farsi, German + Tigrinya if possible) Production : 900 € Validation 150 € Coordination 350 € Accounting + Misc 200€
let us know if you have relevant talents, or lead refugee community organisations