IWB for Refugees
IWB for Refugees is our current flagship project aimed at improving the situation for refugees and asylum seekers coming to the EU, through civil society action and policy change. With the project we propose to launch a petition under the European Citizens’ Initiative with recommendations for the reform of asylum policies in the European Union. The recommendations are to be based on research from 27 country reports assessing the situation for refugees and asylum seekers, conducted by national researchers who are all volunteers and members of Issues Without Borders, and who will also take part in developing the specific recommendations.
After registering our Initiative with the European Commission, we will run a campaign to raise the one million signatures needed for the petition to be debated in the Commission. We choose this specific method to meet our two main objectives:
- To influence reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), based on civil society contribution
- To strengthen solidarity and instruments of cross-European democratic participation in times of nationalistic political developments
We are currently in the process of finalising the policy recommendations and plan to regiser the Initiative before the end of 2020. Please follow us for updates and contact us if you have any specific questions or comments!
Reports per country
Click on the individual countries below to discover our research!
In 2017 we produced a short film which will form part of the campaign package when we launch our Citizens' Initiative next year. The video bears the title Refuge D’Amour and is set in the streets of Paris where a young woman rediscovers her sense of freedom and belonging after fleeing her home country of Syria. The production was a collaboration between IWB and 4ever Films and stars Marius Manole who is one of the most popular actors in Romania. Please enjoy!
Let's Talk About Refugees
In November 2017 we held our first international human rights conference, Let’s Talk About Refugees which brought together university lecturers, NGOs representatives, journalists and youth workers - all members of IWB. Among these where 11 researchers from the project who came together to act as speakers and present their findings and ideas through lectures, Q&A sessions and dynamic workshops. It was also the first time that IWB members from so many different countries gathered in one place, and we look forward to future events with even more participants! The conference was organised in collaboration with our partners from OpEN and took place at the Casa Tineretului in Timisoara, Romania.
Below is a promotional clip 4ever Films made for us with footage and interviews from the conference. You can also check out the galary to have a peak into what we got up to!