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Solidarität und Selbstorganisation-Ausdruck neuen Europäischen Bewusstseins
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Mar 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Intended is an international encounter between young active people from Germany, Sweden and Greece. Newly arrived and already recognised refugees as well as those actively working with refugees will come together. Welcome to Europe and Youth without Borders - JOG- are engaged with similar issues: Flight, migration and solidarity work, public work, support of Greek initiatives and the participation of disadvantaged youths. The main project should take place on Lesvos/Greece while two preparative weekend workshops are part of the project. All participants who know each other already from the journeys in the previous two years as well as those youths new to the project take part through this structure in the preparation and planning. This ensures the involvement of the participants and allows already during the preparation novel educational experiences. The aim of the journey is an active approach to migration, the creation of a welcoming culture at the borders of Europe and an interlinking of participants so that the enduring integration in the new countries of residence can be actively fostered. Migration and flight are the central issues of the European project and we assume that this will not become less central in the coming years. With our project we want to stimulate an active approach to migration so that we can collectively and actively engage issues of inclusion and cooperation, identity and intercultural exchange. Through the project the young people will learn how to analyse situations, express grievances and develop methods and procedures to deal with them. The ongoing journeys of those who arrive in Greece continuously extend the network. Our encounters at the place of arrival allow for first experiences in self-organisation and exchange. The exchanges during plenary sessions promote intercultural competences. Workshops concerning legal and psychological questions will further these knowledges. Of course, in order to deal with these difficult issues there will also be cultural events, especially music and dance which need to also be understood as exchanges. Groups and networks from other countries have approached both JOG as well as Welcome to Europe in order to learn from our concepts and to develop similar networks in other European countries. We see this as proof of the necessity of such projects.
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