The Green European Foundation, together with EQUO Foundation (Spain), Fundació Nous Horitzons (Catalonia, Spain), Green Institute (Greece), Green Economics Institute (UK) and FYEG (Federation of Young European Greens), is currently developing the second phase of a transnational project “My Life According to Me: a new narrative on migration in Europe“.
The populism threatens Europe and migrations are one of the topics used. The Brexit and the rising of extreme right parties are a sample of how the scare strategy is being used to create a public opinion against population movements. To counter this situation we need a change of narrative on migration that takes into account the aftermath of the economic crisis in certain groups of people. After analysing the current situation of migrants and refugees in Europe, we´ve decided to make proposals that contribute to this change of narrative, fighting rumours and highlighting the positive values that migrations have added to the destination societies.
The rise of populism, nationalism and xenophobic parties is a serious threat to the democratic values of the EU. We must try to stop it urgently and for this, we must dismantle the negative perception that European citizens have about immigration.
Within this project there will be a European-wide video festival that aims to provide an opportunity for migrants to show through images their daily lives and their contribution to European society in different areas, offering a positive vision of immigration against the perception of rejection that is fed by certain media and political parties.
2016: Refugee and Migration Policies – The Local Level
In 2016, the project focused on the insufficiency of EU migration and asylum policies and the malfunctioning of migration management at the European level which became apparent in the course of 2015. As the challenge of accommodating and integrating refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers was primarily handled by local communities, the different events, organised with the support of the partner foundations, looked particularly at how the local context of refugees and asylum seekers’ well-being is influenced by both European and national realities.
The project aimed to enable exchange between the locals and Green activists, to identify questions that need to be addressed within the framework of the current problems, to collect answers, and to ultimately connect the local with the European level again. Collaboration with our partner foundations aspired to offer analysis within the current context of pan-EU and national debates and to produce new normative, institutional and social settings of migration policy. The 2016 project was concluded by a report that laid the groundwork for the continuation of our partners’ transboundary efforts this year.