Every minute, 20 people leave home to escape war or violence.
The new coronavirus epidemic and anti-racist protests have shown that we must strive for a more inclusive and equal world. Everyone can help us together have better and more beautiful lives.
On June 20, World Refugee Day, the message the United Nations is sending to the world is: every action counts.
In Slovenia, one of the events on the occasion of World Refugee Day was a roundtable on migration flows on the Balkan route, which is being prepared at the ISCOMET Institute in Maribor as part of the Snapshots from the Borders project.
Taking part in the international project are more than 30 local communities and civil society organizations from 13 European Union member states
»The project was initiated by the city of Lampedusa in Italy, also in memory of the tragic event when more than 360 people died in front of the island in an overturned ship full of refugees on October 3, 2013,« explains Franc Mlinar from the institute. The Municipality of Maribor and the Municipality of Črnomelj are also participating in the project from Slovenia.
With the project, they want to inform the public about the situation in the field of migration and contribute to overcoming fears and prejudices.
»Migration is now portrayed to the public as a problem that threatens Slovenia’s security. It seems that Slovenia’s constitutional and international obligations, as well as its labour needs, have shrunk to the physical protection of the border with fences and police and military units, and to the return of refugees and migrants to Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.«
The project aims to contribute to the formation of a system of integration of foreigners into society, especially in the field of education and employment, to contribute to the formation of Slovenia’s positions on this issue within the EU, and create a network of European border posts for exchanging experiences in migration and the integration of foreigners.
Points to Consider
- What can you do for a better world?
- Do you know any stories of migrants?
- Why would you move to another country?
The original version of this article was published on June 19th.