IWB for Refugees
IWB for Refugees is our current flagship project aimed at improving the situation for refugees and asylum seekers in Europe through fighting misinformation and advocating for policy change. Our positions are based on research from 27 country reports, written by our members and available to read below.
IWB lobbies for progressive change to legislation on asylum in the EU. We call on all policy makers in the EU to consider our findings and recommendations obtained from the extensive research we have carried out since 2017. As a civil society organisation we aim to represent the voice of refugee populations in all our outputs, and as of November 2020, IWB is on the reserve list of the EU Commission expert group on the views of migrants. In addition to our own advocacy work, we support the following campaigns:
Along with more than 80 other organisations, IWB has signed and contributed to a joint statement published by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), which assesses the New Pact on Migration and Asylum which was put forward by the European Commission on 23 September 2020. The statement, with the full list of signatories, can be found here.
IWB has also worked on the translation of the statement into Danish, as well as the associated lobbying work in Denmark, together with the Danish Refugee Council and Action Aid Denmark.
The statement is part of a campaign which under the hashtag #NotRocketScience promotes human rights principles in the development of new European legislation in the area of migration and asylum. More can be read on the website.
No human is illegal. This is true both ethically and legally. IWB supports the Platform for International Coorporation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)'s campaign to help people understand that #WordsMatter. Click on the leaflet below to learn why:
Unaccompanied children are being detained in Greece where they are unsafe and at heightened risk of contracting Covid-19. IWB joins Human Rights Watch and many others in calling on PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis to #FreeTheKids and move them from immigration detention into safe and child-friendly housing. See Eva Cossé explain more in this video.
In 2018 we produced a short film which hopes to shed a human and positive light on what it means to be a refugee in Europe. 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 2018 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!