While for the previous i (Opens in a new window)ssue on Migration & Integration (Opens in a new window) we carefully curated our selection, in this Community Edition we relay proposals shared directly by the audience, using a ‘snowball’ approach to discover even more constructive and inspiring content.
This list of 33 suggested stories, initiatives and actors shows us once again that there is more to migration than the negative narrative in our daily news feed. You can get involved by spreading the word about their work, by participating in some of their activities or even by replicating these good practices in your own region.
Even though we received quite a lot of feedback from Belgium (ReSolve Europe’s HQ), we hope to have more and more relays in cities all over Europe to keep discovering and sharing new ideas and innovative solutions with you.
👂 Convivial (Opens in a new window) a non-profit in Belgium
They accompany newcomers in the crucial first steps to get installed in their new country, you can also take steps to become voisin (Opens in a new window) or propriétaire solidaire (Opens in a new window).
🧆 Délices afghans à domicile (Opens in a new window) a Food delivery service in and around Brussels
Have some chefs coming to cook at your place and support undocumented Afghans living in the city.
⚖️ Equality Law Clinic ULB (Opens in a new window) an academic initiative in Brussels
Students contribute to the promotion of equality and social justice, by working directly with NGOs for the benefit of disadvantaged or excluded groups.
👣 Refugee Walk (Opens in a new window) a public initiative in Flanders
In the spirit of walking a mile in someone else's shoes, join them for a fundraising walk in solidarity with refugees across the globe.
🍻 100Pap Beer (Opens in a new window) a Brewery in and around Brussels
By getting a tasty beer with them, you are also supporting the right for undocumented people to have a roof and a home.
🎓 Migrakot (Opens in a new window) a student initiative in Louvain-La-Neuve
Motivated students can join this group to organise exhibitions, round-tables and the Festival Visa Vie (Opens in a new window), taking place in February 2022.
👩👦👦 Mentor Escale (Opens in a new window) and Mentor Jeune (Opens in a new window) two non-profits in Brussels and Namur
They support foster families and paths towards autonomy for unaccompanied foreign minors (MENA).
🏙 (Opens in a new window) MOVE asbl (Opens in a new window)an association in Molenbeek
Via their Maison des Femmes and magazine Hourra, they give women in Molenbeek a space for expression in all its forms.
🆔 CIRÉ (Opens in a new window) a coordination platform in Brussels and Wallonia
For 65 years, this well-known organisation has been defending the rights of people in exile, with or without residence permits.
In the UK
🎨 Migrants in culture (Opens in a new window) a Network without borders based in the UK
They conduct surveys, organise festivals and advocate for a more equitable culture sector inclusive of migrant culture workers and their allies. In the same vein, check Art Refuge (Opens in a new window) that uses art therapy to support both displaced people and frontline staff.
🍽️ Refugee Community Kitchen (Opens in a new window) a charity in Edinburgh and London
As they put it: “We are volunteers. We chop. We stir. We serve. We believe food is a human right. Everyone deserves food that we’d be happy to eat at our own tables.”
🏘️ Ashley Community & Housing (Opens in a new window)a company in Bristol and Wolverhampton
ACH provides careers advice, employment opportunities, training courses and personalised business support to their tenants and the wider community.
📰 House of Journalists (Opens in a new window) and Engaje (Opens in a new window) are physical havens in Paris and Brussels
They provide a safe working space for journalists forced into exile because of their profession and include them in local newsrooms and media.
🚌 Refugee Info Bus (Opens in a new window)a collective in Calais
The team of 6 volunteers provide people on the move in Calais with multilingual information, as well as phone charge, phone repair and WiFi.
💭 Les nouvelles de la jungle (Opens in a new window) a comic book about Calais
Through discussions with children, women and men in ‘the jungle of Calais’, the authors give testimonies of their distress but also of their hopes for a better life.
🛋️ Migration Lab (Opens in a new window)a creator of shared space in Vienna and The Hague
They transform urban spaces into public living rooms to engage with the communities and create safe spaces for everyone to share their stories.
In Czech Republic
👩🏫 People in Need (Opens in a new window) a non-profit based in Prague
They provide social consultation for people in disadvantaged localities, especially on debt management.
🗳️ Domenico Lucano (Opens in a new window) former Mayor of Riace in Calabre, Italy
He has developed a model of hospitality in his city but is now facing jail time for his actions. Eurodeputy Damien Carême (Opens in a new window) and 300 personalities have signed a tribune to defend him and many petitions are being circulated.
In the Netherlands
🛫 Hello Move (Opens in a new window) an immigration service from Russia to the Netherlands
They "help people relocate to their dream country" and can tell you in which country it’s easier to open a business or where the most delicious cuisine is.
🚿 Collective aid (Opens in a new window) a Volunteer-run organisation in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and France
They gave themselves the mission to fill the gaps left by other aid actors, mainly by providing those in need with vital material aid and hygiene solutions.
🧠 Action for Education (Opens in a new window) a Non-profit in UK, Greece, Spain and Switzerland
You can help bridge the social gap and help fund education for people on the move and via one of their digital, creative or advocacy projects.
♀️ European Network of Migrant Women (Opens in a new window) a feminist platform in Europe
They represent the concerns, needs and interests of migrant and refugee women and girls in Europe, through targeted initiatives such as Mums at Work (Opens in a new window).
🧮 Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) (Opens in a new window) an academic initiative
The index is a reliable tool to compare what governments are doing to promote the integration of migrants. Check also the European Website on Integration (Opens in a new window) that gives more than 1.300 good practices on migrants integration in Europe... and can also feature your own work.
🚧 #VISATONOWHERE (Opens in a new window) stories along migration routes by Outriders (Opens in a new window)
They are an amazingly creative media based in Poland that“seeks answers to problems, fears and needs, which might happen far, but influence your daily life”.
📰 Minority Communities Mobilize (Opens in a new window) a solution article by Are We Europe (Opens in a new window)
In addition to this one, they have many other inspiring content in their archive (Opens in a new window) and provide guidance to develop your storytelling skills via their studio (Opens in a new window).
We thank the organisations and people mentioned above for their incredibly positive work:
Thank YOU to the ReSolvers who have shared this content with us and given their feedback:
Amalia Verzola (Opens in a new window) / Cerise Singa (Opens in a new window) / Claire Chevrier / Collectif Antidotes (Opens in a new window) / @convivial.be (Opens in a new window) / @danouuch (Opens in a new window) / Frankie Reid / Gautier Van Rossom / Jakub Gornicki (Opens in a new window) / Jean Matterne / @lambelinanne (Opens in a new window) / @laurampana (Opens in a new window) / Maria K. Mawla (Opens in a new window) / Maria Viktoria Hill (Opens in a new window) / Marta Che (Opens in a new window) / Mya Berger / Riadh Kadhi (Opens in a new window) / @olgalit_english (Opens in a new window) / @Solvo (Opens in a new window) / Tamam Abusalama (Opens in a new window) / Thibaut Magerman / @wearesolomon (Opens in a new window)
This is just the start as we’ll continue to discover new content and recommendations about #social and #environmental challenges shared by our growing Community of ReSolvers from all over Europe.
Now that we have taken off, stay tuned for Issue #2 on ‘Homelessness’, coming out already on the 15th of February 2022.
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