The Nea Kavala camp is an hour’s walk from Polykastro, the main urban center in the area. The villagers have to face long journeys to get to classes, participate in city activities or even go shopping. Another factor of discrimination that adds to the long list of difficulties that life in a refugee camp entails.
At OCC office in Barcelona (el Born), volunteer teachers provide English and Spanish classes to minors coming from Morocco. Together with several organizations that work with minors, OCC has been able to provide language classes in order to help minors to better integrate into society.
The Selfie of Migration is a journalistic project that explains the experiences of the people who migrate from Africa to Spain through their own stories, with the aim of changing the current image of the migrant population in Europe, especially that of women, which is often invisible.
In our Cultural Center in Barcelona we organise many ‘Cultural Evenings’. During these nights, we always set a certain cultural theme, often in the context of a specific country. Everyone is welcome at these events, and often the evenings are visited by locals, refugees, migrants and expats altogether.
In our Cultural Center in the heart of Barcelona we offer a wide range of free language classes for members of our organisation (membership is only 10 euros a month). While for instance the Spanish classes are given by locals, many of the other classes are given by refugees or migrants who have arrived in Barcelona.
Migracode is a European cooperation by various Non-Profit Organisations that promotes labour integration and social inclusion of youth refugees and migrants. By first supporting them with the development of advanced programming skills, the project then connects these groups to the labour market and therewith supports their long-term integration.
For people living in refugee camps, the capacity of circulation outside the camp not only allows their mobility, but a greater degree of autonomy and the potential integration in the territory by having easy access to basic social needs and services provided in the near urban areas.
Chronicle of a day to day in a refugee camp in Greece: Open Cultural Center has put together a photographic exhibitions which portrays day to day life in a refugee camp in Greece.
Refuge School is an educational program of promotion and awareness which starts after the book My Friend!, a book elaborated by children from the refugees camp of Cherso (Greece) with the collaboration of volunteers form OCC. The book had a very good diffusion and reception in all Catalonia and...
The book “My Friend!” is a project by Open Cultural Center that was created in the refugee camp of Cherso, to the north of Thessaloniki. With the words and drawings by children in the refugee camp, it explains the journey of refugees to arrive in Greece.