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.
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.
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.
“Imagine living in a container with small windows and no air-conditioning in 40 degrees heat.” These are the words of Mohammad, currently living in Nea Kavala camp in Greece, a country that experienced its hottest July in 50 years, with temperatures rising even above 40 degrees.
By Didi Svetaketu Victoria Parker has transformed her life over the course of a year and she's proud to credit the women who helped her get to where she is…
As part of the European project “Ukraine Now”, which brings attention to the situation of people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine, we sat down to talk with Natalya from Odessa to hear about her journey and experiences.
For many, painting and drawing can be a calming and soothing activity when everything around you is always changing and out of your control. In part, this is the case of 20-year-old Peyman, from Herat, Afghanistan, who is currently one of the OCC Greece volunteers living in the Nea Kavala refugee camp.
This article brings together the perspectives of Borders:None and OCC Greece, two NGOs working towards the integration and inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers respectively in Croatia and Greece. Both…
Continuing our series of Insights by OCC, in this second article we explore the relationship that Palestinian displaced youth, born and raised in refugee camps or in diaspora, have with Palestine and their sense of identity. We will retrace how their sense of belonging to Palestine can be constructed through three different voices, while providing an overview of the situation of Palestinian refugees in different Arab countries.
Women are severely underrepresented according to recent statistics in the tech sector. For this reason, it becomes crucial for women to access a safe space for learning and knowledge exchange.
But what is a safe space?