The 1st International Forum on the Refugee Issue “Solidarity With/By the Refugees”  brings together organizations and informal groups from across Europe and Middle East who are actively engaged in the refugee issue through applied solidarity actions.

Having identified common needs and challenges in different socio-cultural contexts, the Forum aims to establish a space for networking, critical dialogue and exchange of good practices among diverse solidarity initiatives that work in the following, often overlapping fields:

  1. PANEL 1/ HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCIES / RADICAL SOLIDARITY ACROSS BORDERS
  2. PANEL 2/ HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY / MONITORING, AWARENESS & LEGAL SUPPORT
  3. PANEL 3/ TACKLING THE STATE OF EXCEPTION / WORK AND EDUCATION PRACTICES
  4. PANEL 4/ BRIDGES OF CO-EXISTENCE / CULTURE, COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL LIFE

By adapting an interdisciplinary, cross-borders approach, the Forum seeks to:

  • bring together actors from different ideological and methodological backgrounds
  • provide a space to share different views, objectives and challenges
  • highlight radical solidarity practices that respond to urgent humanitarian challenges while stimulating a critical discussion on the political aspects of the refugee issue
  • promote long-term, sustainable initiatives that target refugees’ capacity building and integration to the host societies, providing the tools to creatively advance and utilize their skills in an equal, inclusive and de-victimized way.

The official language of the Forum is English. A simultaneous translation from third languages (e.g Greek, Arabic) will be offered to all participants and guests. The Forum is open to the public and there is no participation fee.

The Forum is organized by plays2place productions with the support of Athens Goethe Institute and Cultural Innovators Network .

Ινστιτούτο Goethe Αθήνας
Ομήρου 14-16