Both locals and refugees need opportunities to learn about eachother – integration is a two-way process.
Refugees practice their Greek while experiencing local coffee-drinking culture in their new community!
Integration is a two-way process – we build capacity in local citizens to support refugees in their integration efforts.
Refugees live in isolated camps far from local life. As newcomers in Europe, they need access to a community urgently. “We need to get outside of the camp, we need to meet local people and start talking to them!”
– Twinning Project: In 2017 and 2018 we were funded by the UNHCR and INTERSOS to run our Twinning Project, which twinned participants from the refugee and local community for a programme of activities and excursions designed to foster long-lasting friendships between the two groups.
– Since 2019 we have been running language cafes in locations around Ioannina. The sessions are run by local students who help refugees and asylum seekers develop their communication skills in a relaxed, friendly environment.
– We organise bi-monthly sports days such as football & volleyball matches with the refugee community and Greek locals.
– We are involved in RaCIP, a project funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund which aims to design an innovative model for refugees’ integration based on the collaboration of private local citizens, such as our Twinning project. Learn more here.