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Open Cultural Center (OCC)

We are a non-profit organisation active in Spain and Greece. Together with our community of volunteers, we work to support the inclusion of people with a migration background. All our work is carried out in close collaboration with our local and international partners.

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New wave of asylum seekers arriving in Greece: Does the government really care about migrant people?

Last year, a total of 3,231 people lost their lives or went missing in the sea while traveling from the north of Africa to Europe, according to UNHCR. Does the Greek government really care about this data? The country hasn’t changed any measures to host asylum seekers properly. Yet it receives millions of European funds every year destined to host refugees.

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Emerging Communities: from inspiration to social change

Over the last two years, Open Cultural Center has had the chance to take part in Emerging Communities, a project that aims to empower community-led initiatives to address social, political, economic, and environmental issues. Now that the project is ending, we take the opportunity to look back and reflect on the lessons learned.

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Stories from Ukraine #2: Irina & Viktor

As part of the European project “Ukraine Now”, which shines a light on the situation of people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine, we met up with Irina & Viktor from Donetsk to talk about their journey to Barcelona and their current situation in Catalonia.  

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Our projects in Spain

In Spain, OCC’s work primarily takes place in Barcelona, home to our three main programs: MigraCode, CodeWomen, and the Language Lab. We also operate in Moianès region, where we implement Youth 4 All.

OCC Spain

Our projects in Greece

In Greece, OCC is located in Polykastro, near the Greek-Macedonian border and 4km from the Nea Kavala refugee camp. We offer a variety of programs to support camp residents, such as a bus service, a kindergarten, a Women's Space, and classes for children and adults.

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Discover our book ‘My Friend!’

Created in the refugee camp of Cherso (Greece). With the words and drawings by children in the refugee camp, the book explains the journey of refugees to arrive in Greece.

My Friend

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