Second-generation migrants and the Political: between climate change fighters and citizenship requests

Ahead of the World Refugee Day CEMR’s Citizenship team and IncluCities are joining Refugee Week, a global festival where anyone can get involved by organising events and activities.


CEMR joins campaign “We cannot walk alone”

The Refugee Week was founded in 1998 and has since become a growing global movement. Through different events and campaigns around World Refugee Day (20 June) the campaign enables people from different backgrounds to connect beyond labels and stereotypes. The aim is to raise awareness and understanding of why people are displaced, and what challenges refugees and migrants face in their daily life. The title of the 2021 edition has been inspired by the passage in Martin Luther King’s “We cannot walk alone.”

To shed light on three important aspects of migrant and refugee integration, CEMR is organising three online events in the week from 14-20 June to raise awareness about the contribution of diverse and inclusive cities in the EU, moreover to offer inspiration and open space for exchange within the framework of the IncluCities project.

Rabina Khan, a Bangladeshi-born British writer and politician, and Melody Deldjou Fard, an Iranian refugee and young Dutch politician will discuss the participation of refugee and migrant women in the political arena.

The second event will open a question: How can new technologies help improve migrant integration? We will showcase some examples from different cities all around Europe. With insights from MICADO H2020 project (Migrant Integration Cockpits and Dashboards) which is creating a multi-purpose app supporting the migrant integration process in four European cities.  Seyran Maryam Khalili will present her strategy of inclusive policies in Municipality of Moss in Norway. We will also hear from Gabriella de Francesco about how the City of  Mechelen is planning to use ICT solutions to improve migrant integration.

The closing event will explore the political participation and activism of the second-generation migrants. Redouan Boudiba, Youth Engagement officer at CEMR will talk with Imane Nadif, councillor for the Green Party at Amsterdam Municipality. The guiding question will be: How do young second-generation migrants see and engage in youth movements, public protest and advocacy around global challenges, such as climate change, equal rights, racism and discrimination?

All events will be livestreamed via IncluCitiesCEMR Facebook page.

Events in the Refugee Week

• Monday, 14 June 12.30 CET | Refugee Women in the political arena: politics as a vocation
• Wednesday, 16 June 12.30 CET | ICT and digitalisation for better integration
• Friday, 18 June 12.30 CET | Second-generation migrants and the Political: between climate change fighters and citizenship requests
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