The G-100 Conference took place on Tuesday, May 15th, from 19:00-21:30h at La Tricoterie in Brussels.
This conference was a refugee-led initiative, aimed at creating channels of dialogue between host and refugee communities, to address issues of concern to those living in the EU—specifically regarding democratic participation and higher education. A workshop took place on March 18th, where the thoughts, ideas, and round-table discussions of roughly 70 individuals, including new comers, university students, working professionals, migration experts, and locals, were brought together to share challenges and then cohesively worked to create concrete policy recommendations. Themes emerged, such as a lack in information dispersal, insufficient support for integration, and gaps in communication among and between the various actors which play a significant role in the practical lives of newcomers.
Through this conference, it is the goal of G-100 that the voices of refugees will now be a part of finding solutions. This event connected the most affected populations, with individuals and institutions in varied levels of the decision-making processes. We believe this interaction and intersection of dialogues is where change is birthed.
Our work now goes on to make sure that our 20 policy recommendations become part of solutions at the European, national and local policy level.
The G-100 Team thanks its partners for making this event possible: FEPS, GPF, and S&D Group
Great crowd at La Tricoterie ready to listen, engage and discuss with refugees and policy-makers forward-looking solutions; better integratation policies & how empower #refugeeswelcome in democratic processes! ??? #NewVoices4EU https://t.co/AVJQPIr9qO
— Maria Freitas (@M_TellesFreitas) May 15, 2018
#Integration von #Flüchtlingen benötigt mehr als Lippenbekenntnisse! Ohne #Bildung geht gar nichts. #G100 #NewVoices4EU @NewVoices4EU #socialistsanddemocrats @TheProgressives pic.twitter.com/bZLVxQNqpY
— Josef Weidenholzer (@Weidenholzer) May 15, 2018
1⃣ Information on rights – one-stop shop 2⃣ Grassroots movements 3⃣ Empower refugees as actors and more Online soon: https://t.co/ygec9xOEnR pic.twitter.com/Mh3w8nZ39j — G-100 (@NewVoices4EU) May 15, 2018
Engaged exchange between refugees, locals and policy makers. Many innovative ideas.
The debate on democratic participation of refugees is starting soon.
With @FEPS_Europe @globalprogress1 @Weidenholzer @MonicaDeConinck @euatweets @M_TellesFreitas @Refugees_EU @ESUtwt and more… Tune in now to follow the discussion at #NewVoices4EU: https://t.co/oJ7hwd2syi pic.twitter.com/26IuqpBQJA — G-100 (@NewVoices4EU) May 15, 2018
“Why should the refugee status matter for accessing higher education? There are a lot of people in asylum centres who wait for years before getting that status. They should have a chance to access education too.”
“What’s very bad is that politicians don’t take a lead by saying that refugees can be positive for our societies. This is especially true for Flanders. But you can do it, you can change things, if you want!”@MonicaDeConinck at #NewVoices4EU
“Recognition of qualifications is key to the problems we are discussing today. We should be using a different system of recognition for refugees to allow them to proceed in their university studies.”
“Energy is spent mostly on prevention and not on integration. Integration is not working. One of the most important elements is a status change for the refugee students to move all around the EU.”@Weidenholzer at #NewVoices4EU replying to Wajdy, co-founder of G-100 pic.twitter.com/Lx6Y6qZHQk
— G-100 (@NewVoices4EU) May 15, 2018
? Centralised information centre ? Career coaching and more… The 20 key policy ideas on this topic will be online on our website after the event. #WithRefugees pic.twitter.com/8undIPWHBa — G-100 (@NewVoices4EU) May 15, 2018
#NewVoices4EU is on!
The room is packed and we are finally starting our debate on young refugees and access to higher education and democracy. Follow our streaming on https://t.co/xoXMfgdDpb #newvoices4EU pic.twitter.com/DqZKeIGdp7
— GPF (@globalprogress1) May 15, 2018
We’re live from Brussels for our #NewVoices4EU debate.
With @FEPS_Europe @globalprogress1 @TheProgressives @CEPS_thinktank @euatweets @Weidenholzer @M_TellesFreitas @AhmadWali_Yar and many others. Tune in here ⬇⬇⬇ https://t.co/PCx9LNBNWe — G-100 (@NewVoices4EU) May 15, 2018
18:45 – 19:00 | Registration 19:00 – 19:05 | Opening by the Moderator, Jack Parrock, Brussels Bureau Chief, Feature Story News and Introduction by Ayham Saif Eddin, co-founder and member of the G-100, Lina Alhaddad and Oula Sulieman, DNA (Diaspora Network Alliance) 19:05 – 19:10 | Video of the G-100 Workshop 19:10 – 20:10 | Presentation of the Statements and Panel discussion with policy makers on Higher Education and Democratic Participation with:
- Laura Corrado, Head of Unit – Migration and Integration, European Commission
- Monica De Coninck, Belgian MP
- Enrique Guerrero Salom, MEP and President of the Global Progressive Forum
- Véronique Jamoulle, Belgian MP, Senator and Auderghem Local Councillor
- Henriette Stoeber, Policy Analyst in the Higher Education Policy Unit, European University Association
- Josef Weidenholzer, Vice-President of the S&D Group and Member of the LIBE Committee in the European Parliament
- Lina Alhaddad, DNA (Diaspora Network Alliance)
- Wajdi Alkak, Founder and Member of G-100, Student at Strasbourg University
- Nedjma Benchelabi, Curator and filmmaker
- Tommaso Emiliani, Senior Academic Assistant, College of Europe
- Gawan Fagard, Cinemaximiliaan
- Maria Freitas, Policy Advisor, FEPS
- Céline Guedes, Junior Policy Officer, FEPS
- Thomas Huddleston, Research Director at Migration Policy Group and Member of VoteBrussels
- Bilal Issa, Student at VUB
- Elina Kuokkanen, Student at KUL
- Gwendolyn Lootens, Cinemaximiliaan
- Wendy Montellano, TV Director
- Fatma Osman, Volunteer
- Katrien Reist, Artist and volunteer with Cinemaximillian
- Saddam Shkair, Student at VUB
- Oula Sulieman, DNA (Diaspora Network Alliance)
- Caroline Sundberg, Vice-President, European Students’ Union
- Ahmed Wali, Research assistant, CEPS
- David Watt, Policy and Legal Support Unit (PLUS), UNHCR
20:10 – 21:10 | Q&A with the audience 21:10 – 21:30 | Conclusions 21:30 | Reception