General Information

Background/Workshop-Program:

Through globalization, the internet and affordable ways of traveling the world has become very accessible for a lot of people. EU citizens travel as much as never before. On the other side there are many “involuntary travelers” in many places of the world. People who leave their homes searching for places which can offer them better chances. Current statistics from the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) count 43 millions of refugees. The workshop will look at this discrepancy by pointing out our life situations in Europe on the one hand and the situation of refugees coming to Europe on the other hand. Given the increasing numbers of people fleeing to Europe we also want to discuss the controversial question if our European societies will have to pay more attention to the circumstance of growing migration or if the EU already takes on enough responsibility.

The Workshop opens space to look into current global problems, to share informations and to discuss them. The program will consist out of: presentations by experts of European foreign politics; meetings with foreign aid organizations; exchange about the refugee policies of our countries; discussion about perspectives – how can we face these global problems from a European perspective?

 

Target group:

The workshop is addressed to all people who are politically interested in global interrelations and who would like to be part of a cross-national exchange of knowledge and experience in regard to refugee policy within the different EU countries. The age of the participants should be from 18 to 100 years.

 

Expected Results:

Gained knowledge about global interrelations; growing awareness of each person´s European identity; information about NGO´s in Berlin that work in the field of foreign aid; exchange and networking of people from different parts of Europe; furthering of political commitment for a social and multicultural Europe.

 

Circumstances:

  • The workshop lasts from 8.3.2012-17.3.2012.
  • It`ll take place in the guesthouse of the Cultural Center KuBiZ (www.kubiz-wallenberg.de) in Berlin.
  • The participants are from different european countries (including Turkey, Norway, Island, Swiss, Lichtenstein). The size of the group will be about 18 people. Disabled People are welcome (except wheelchair user).
  • The cooked meals will be vegetarian. (But don` t worry – we have a a very good cook). Please let us know about special needs/allergies.
  • The workshop will be financed by the EU Program “Grundtvig”. All costs for travelling, accomodation and attendance of the validated participants will be covered by the EU Fund.

* People who attended a Grundtvig-Workshop in a foreign country after February 2010 are not allowed for participation.*

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