Since 2001 every 20 June people around the world celebrate the “World Refugee Day”: the UN General Assembly has chosen this date as the year 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 “Convention relating to the Status of Refugees” and 20 June coincides with the Africa Refugee Day.
To mark the relevance of these topics for international youth organisations and youth sector stakeholders at large, the European Youth Forum and the World Organisation of the Scout Movement, with support from the partnership in the field of youth between the European Union and the Council of Europe have decided to organise a conference on the role of youth work and youth organisations in integration of young refugees.
Young people and youth organisations have often been at the forefront of welcoming refugees in Europe, promoting active citizenship and human rights education as well as fostering intercultural dialogue. Youth work and youth organisations are contributing to integration of young refugees in formal and non-formal education, access to health as well as access to employment.
Aims of the event:
- To raise awareness on the situation of young refugees and show solidarity with the experiences they face across Europe;
- To present research findings so far on the challenges and policy responses to young refugee inclusion;
- To recognise the importance of youth work in integrating young refugees and share good practices from the ground, providing visibility to current funded initiatives (i.e. Time to be Welcome)