Mosaik Support Center For Refugees And Locals

Mosaik Support Center for Refugees and Locals provides a space of warmth, safety and community for the most vulnerable populations on Lesvos. Built on principles of solidarity, integration and empowerment, Mosaik aims to move beyond immediate crisis response and to offer sustainable structures to support refugees in their resolve to live with dignity. Bringing together over 630 students aged 4 to 89, from 20 countries, Mosaik offers language courses in English, Greek, Arabic and Farsi, legal support for asylum applicants, vocational training in arts and crafts, upcycling workshops, music and dance classes, daycare for young children, and cultural events supported by artists, activists and organizations from across the world. Mosaik is a reaction to non-existing developements and responses to the improvement of the situation of refugees on Lesvos - also to set a counterexample and to prove that other solutions are possible than the ones always said to be without alternatives and still practised.

The Support Center is a collaborative project run by Lesvos Solidarity and borderline-europe. Lesvos Solidarity is a local activist group on Lesvos that manages an open refugee camp based in the ex-PIKPA camp in Mytilini. It is a self - organized, autonomous space which has existed since 2011, is run by volunteers and is built on the basic principle of solidarity. Borderline-europe is a German human rights organization monitoring the situation of migrants on the external borders of Europe. In 2015 Borderline has established on Lesvos a branch to respond to the humanitarian crisis and opened a first reception station in the north of the island. Both groups are independent networks, that rely on support, donations and the energy of volunteer activists whose work is grounded in the belief that solidarity is the only appropriate response to this crisis.

More information: https://www.lesvosmosaik.org/en/

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Mosaik Support Center For Refugees And Locals

Mosaik Support Center is a community space in the heart of Mytilene, the capital of the Greek island of Lesbos. It is focused on providing conditions for local integration of refugees living on Lesbos. The Mosaik Support Center offers educational services, legal and social support, and creative and physical activities. Coursework includes Greek, English, Arabic, Farsi, and other language classes; a Legal Service Center; and creative activities. With a framework of cultural and educational exchange in place, we hope to facilitate the social and economic integration process for refugees.

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Situation of refugees and migrants in Italy

Here you will find information and a newsletter about the situation of refugees and migrants in Italy. We apologize - only in German language! This newsletter has been produced on behalf of PRO ASYL from 2009 -2017 by our Italian office and is published on the pages of Pro Asyl and borderline-europe. From 2017 December borderline-europe will produce the newsletter.

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Bridges instead of walls - strategies against the stigmatisation of refugees

The project is funded by the Europe for Citizens Programm. The main idea is to collect narratives from refugees in the form of interviews, videos, texts etc. These narratives will be published to deconstruct right wing populism and every-day racism.

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Controversies in European migration policies – Granting Protection vs. Border Control

The controversy in the European migration policy around the issue of so-called "illegal entry" shows a fundamental conflict of European values: the search for protection against persecution meets high-security boundaries which make the access to protection virtually impossible. Asyl in Not (A), borderline-sicilia (I) and borderline-europe (D), conducted within the framework of the EU program "Europe for Citizens" a research and event project from 01.10.2015 to 31.3.2017 in which this field was examined in the individual countries and the results were presented in public events.

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Proti Stassi

Since the beginning of this year, Proti Stassi is the first station for newly arrived refugees that land on the beaches from Korakas to Lagada in North-eastern Lesvos. From these beaches we organise, in cooperation with other volunteer groups, initial treatment and transport of refugees.

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'Humanitarian distress' on the Mediterranean Sea - monitoring in Sicily

The revolution in the Mediterranean area and the civil wars in Libya, Syria and other countries are changing the situation of asylum seekers but also for Europe. Monitoring project about the situation of migrants/refugees in Sicily, conducted by Borderline Sicilia and borderline-europe.

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