Breaking Barriers: Conference on refugees in Budapest (Inscriptions closed)


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Workshop co-organised by EFAyUNPO and Left Youth of Finland with the Youth Department of the Council of Europe

This four-day workshop seeks to debate the so called European “migration crisis” from the point of view of youth actors, and to formulate ideas for a long-term European strategy on the matter, while providing a useful traineeship. The issue of migration in Europe will be assessed and approached not from the point of view of the “managers” of the phenomenon (i.e. the politicians), but from the main protagonists’ perspectives, analysing how our societies react to this input.

We will compare first-hand testimonies from refugees with samples of perceptions taken from the general public and media of the countries of reception. With this approach, we aim to foster integration and to create a space free from hate speech and discrimination. We will also assess the main problems that refugees may encounter in their countries of reception, in particular during vulnerable transition periods, such as childhood and adolescence, focusing on gender, family, and education. Finally, we will visualise and propose initiatives underlining the work of activists, the new drive of shelter cities and social urbanism, and the responsibility of Europe and the international community in this topic.

The workshop is organised in different blocks, each block led by a recognised expert in the field or by the participants themselves. Through leisure education, team work, group management, and the use of new technologies, such as social media, the participants, divided into groups, will prepare their own conclusions, which will be presented and discussed throughout the workshop.


Dates of the workshop: 22-25 August 2016

Venue: European Youth Centre in Budapest.

Working language: English

Travel expenses will be reimbursed by the Council of Europe at the end of the event except for a participation fee of 50€ (not paid directly but deducted from the travel expenses). The participants must book the cheapest possible journey (e.g. youth or student fare). Return tickets must be purchased before the start of the journey. To be reimbursed, original paper tickets must be submitted at the latest 2 weeks after the meeting. Participants attending less than 80% of the workshop will not be reimbursed.

Participants will be lodged at the European Youth Centre in Budapest, where also the workshop takes place. Meals will be provided by the Youth Centre for the whole stay.


Young activists (members of NGOs, political parties and civic platforms) or committed young people who wish to learn and get engage in this topic. As we think that as this event is aimed to train new people, this event also targets who doesn’t have previous experience but would like to be more involved in them.


To apply, participants will have to submit an online form available on the following link: by 7 June for those in need of a visa, and by 26 June for those who do not require a visa. Participants will also be asked to send a brief material assessing the situation of refugees or migrant communities in their countries and/or the situation in their place of origin. Materials could be produced in different formats (an article of max. 1500 words, a video of max. 10 min, an art product etc.). Original formats will be positively considered. A number of participants will be asked to present the material they submitted during the application procedure at the workshop.(should they agree to do so).


Selected participants in need of a visa should arrange it at least 2 months before the event. The participant will have to contact the competent embassy him or herself, but assistance from the organisers and the Council of Europe can be provided (eg. in terms of a visa support letter). The cost of the visa and travelling costs to arrange it can possibly be reimbursed by the CoE, upon their judgement.

For participants under the age of 18, a permission sheet provided by the organisers must be signed by their parent or legal guardian. A strict non alcoholic policy for minor participants will be observed.

A draft programme will be available soon. Any questions regarding this event should be directed to