Today, more than a million refugees live in Europe, but their voice is not represented. They don’t have right to vote or stand up in elections. They are trapped within a chain of challenges where they don’t have the means to tackle them. Refugees are not represented within our democracies. We want their voice to be heard. We want to create communities that are able to shape new ideas together. We need to go beyond the idea that democracy is just casting a ballot. The most important issues by the G-100 are presented by the New Voices for Europe Council. How do they deal with education, housing and work in the European communities they now live in? And how can they transform their voices into practical recommendations to influence integration policies of cities, states, and the EU – now and in the future? G-100 is a workshop where around 100 newcomers, former refugees who share the same experience, European experts, and decision makers meet to discuss and deliberate about different challenges that they are facing. These meetings take place in different European cities where these challenges exist. Together we can build a new future for Europe.
The structure of G-100 would be a workshop where around 100 newcomers, former refugees who share the same experience, European experts, and politicians will meet to discuss and deliberate about different challenges that they are facing. These meetings will take place in different European cities where these challenges exist. The event will last for one full day (it could be expanded if necessary,) and all the invited participants should be residents of the same city/country. The 100 participants will be divided around 10 discussion tables, each table will make a presentation afterwards. The topic of the event will be chosen by newcomers through a survey that will be published ahead the event. By the end of the day, the participants should have put all their ideas into some concrete recommendations. These recommendations will be submitted later to advise the concerned decision-making institutions.
The Diaspora Network Alliance (DNA) is a newly founded, politically unaffiliated Syrian-led initiative, composed of individuals, organizations and networks in Europe. It supports refugees and diaspora communities to invest in social capital in European communities and their motherlands, and facilitates processes of integration and acculturation by enabling the systematic exchange of resources, experiences and knowledge through a shared, proactive and interactive space owned and guided by its members. The DNA currently has a network of 40 members that are based across Europe.
Ayham Saif Eddin