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The Scout Movement helps refugees and migrants

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Scouts and Guides contributing to refugee support activities in their local communities in Europe (34): What’s next after the #RefugeeResponseSeminar

During the last weekend in November, Guides and Scouts from 27 countries gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the #RefugeeResponseSeminar discussing how best the Scout and Guide Movements and other youth organisations can contribute to refugee and migrant support activities. The participants shared their experience and challenges gained from activities currently run to the benefit of refugees and migrants all over Europe and developed new ideas for future projects.

“As Scouts we are pragmatic.”, commented Andrea Demarmels, Chairperson of the European Scout Committee of WOSM, “We know that we cannot solve the long term challenges faced by refugees and migrants in Europe. We choose to take leadership with a pragmatic approach and react to the situation by joining forces with our local communities to make a difference for some of the people affected by the tragedy and consequences of war.”

The colourful “Wall of Ideas” illustrates the many proposals and concrete project ideas developed and collected over the weekend. Soon, these will be available for others who were note able to attend the seminar and seek inspiration to launch or continue their own initiative in their local communities.

In the meantime, you can join the public Facebook group set up for the newly created #RefugeeResponseNetwork and consult information made available on the event’s #RefugeeResponseWebsite; this is also where all resources and materials from the seminar will be published.

(Image: Luc Ibis Rubben 2015)

“How to Accompany Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants?”

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Scouts and Guides contributing to refugee support activities in their local communities in Europe (28): a training course offered by IICoS in France

Nadine Lyamouri-Bajja, one of the workshop facilitators at the upcoming #RefugeeResponseSeminar hosted by the Danish Guides and Scouts and supported by the European Scout Region and WOSM’s Messengers of Peace initiative, and her colleague Barbara Pelkmann are organising an International Training Seminar on “How to Accompany Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants?”.

The Course is proposed as a direct repsonse to challenges faced by professionals and volunteers of many institutions, associations and public services confronted with the continuous arrival of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Europe. It aims at developing intercultural competences and strengthening skills in diversity management. Participants will return home with a better understanding of how best to council and support refugees, asylum seekers and migrants during their arrival and integration process.

Details about this International Training Seminar are available in English, French and German, the three course languages.

Regional Circular 21 2015 – #RefugeePesponseSeminar 2015: Invitation & Programme

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Not just since this summer we have been witnessing one of the biggest migrant crises in Europe. Hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing wars and migrants escaping poverty have arrived in the Europe in an unprecedented wave. Migrants and refugees streaming into Europe from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia have presented European countries with a huge challenge.

The European Scout Region is present and supports National Scout Organisation (NSOs) and National Scout Associations (NSAs) responding in whatever way they choose to act; directly or indirectly increasing awareness about the forcibly displaced and stateless, as well as easing and relieving their staying in the countries they pass through.

The RefugeeResponseSeminar 2015 is one of the many attempts to respond to the refugee and migrant crisis. It is organised by The Danish Scouts and Guides with the support of the European Scout Region and the Messengers of Peace initiative. It is a seminar which will help participants understand the current situation in Europe, understand how to better work with and support the migrants and refugees in cooperation with the local communities and partners, share project ideas and set a concrete idea for a project and plan of action.

– Regional Circular 21 2015 – Cover Letter (English, French)
– Regional Circular 21 2015 – #RefugeePesponseSeminar 2015: Invitation & Programme (English only)