4th EPIC webinar : is a cohesive European migration narrative possible?

Jun 8, 2022

Taking place online on June 20, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. CEST

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OBJECTIVE OF THE WEBINAR: to debate and advocate for a cohesive European narrative about migration reflecting the large number of local movements around the EU to make migration policy more welcoming and tolerance

Every minute 20 people in the world leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. According to new data from UNHCR “the number of people forced to flee conflict, violence, human rights violations and persecution has now crossed the staggering milestone of 100 million for the first time on record, propelled by the war in Ukraine and other deadly conflicts” (UNHCR, 2022)1. With the majority of them hosted in developing countries, this figure must ‘serve as a wake-up call’ for more action to promote peace and address all causes of forced displacement, says UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi (ibid.). On June 20, the world honours the strength and courage of refugees and encourages public awareness and support of the people who have had to flee their homes.

In Europe, with nearly 6 million refugees fleeing Ukraine since the Russian invasion started in February 2022, the European Union took the unprecedented decision of activating the Temporary Protection Directive (TPD). The humanitarian crisis also showed the willingness of large number of citizens and grassroots organisation to provide support, compensating in many cases, for a slow or absence of an answer from the public administrations at the different levels. 

  • Can the TPD and current war in Ukraine generate a new narrative about the reception of refugees in Europe?
  • Will the different local/national/international administrative levels be able to overtake the enormous efforts made by the civil society to guarantee the medium and short term integration of all refugees?
  • How can we sustain the immediate response to crisis solidarity movements in the long term and extend it to other groups?
  • What are the roles that the different governance levels must play in it? And what about the migrants and refugees? How will we ensure their meaningful participation in the debate shaping the future narratives and policies about migration? 

These are some of the critical questions that we will debate during the next EPIC webinar on June 20

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SPEAKERS :

Marco Ricorda, Communication Officer for the Mediterranean for ICMPD. Migration narratives across three levels of governance.

Marco Ricorda is a political and institutional communication expert active in European and international affairs. Today he is the Communication Officer for the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in the Mediterranean, based in Malta. He served as Member of Cabinet for the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, and worked in communication for the ALDE Group and Guy Verhofstadt, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the European Union at Expo Milano 2015, the Directorate-General for Communication of the European Commission and Bruegel, the Brussels-based think tank for international economic policy. A frequent public speaker, since 2017 he has been listed as an #EUInfluencer on Twitter, he is also an Associate Member of the Club of Venice, Co-Founder of Circolo Esperia and Member of the OECD Network of Communication Officers on Migration (NETCOM). You can visit his website at www.marcorecorder.com

Anila Noor, Managing Director New Women Connectors. Enabling meaningful participation of migrants and refugees in decision making and shaping their own narrative.

Anila Noor is a refugee-activist based in the Netherlands. Noor has diverse experience working with national and international nonprofit organisations and causes namely dealing with peace-building efforts, refugee integration, and education special focus on women’s rights. She has been active in advocating for refugee resettlement and social/political engagement of refugees in Europe. Anila Noor has initiated New Women Connectors, a movement striving for mainstreaming the unheard voices of migrant and refugee women living across Europe. New Women Connectors is a perspective-shift to the refugee agenda and advocates inclusion than integration as a policy choice. The movement also helps newcomer refugee women to lift their spirits and make something of it.

Francisco Ramírez, Management Technician, General Directorate of Social Services and Relations with the Third Sector, Region of Murcia. Anti-discrimination campaign “Real Reality Glasses“ (launched within the framework of the AMIF-funded REGIN project).

Francisco Ramírez Soler is a social worker, with a university specialisation in social service management and comprehensive quality systems. Since 2007, he has been serving in the regional administration of Murcia (Spain), mainly in the field of care for the disabled and the development of the national system of care for dependency. As of 2019, he began working in the immigration and social volunteering service, dependent on the general directorate of social services and relations with the third sector.

MODERATORS:

Patricia Martinez, Project Manager AEIDL, WPL EPIC project.


1https://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2022/5/628a389e4/unhcr-ukraine-other-conflicts-push-forcibly-displaced-total-100-million.html

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