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HOW YOUTH IN SERBIA CAN HELP PEERS IN REFUGEE CAMPS

28.03.2016

On Thursday 24 March 2016, the Youth Forum of the European Movement in Serbia organized a panel discussion entitled "Youth to Youth: Assistance in the Migrant and Refugee Crisis." The aim was to present state of affairs in Serbia when it comes to regugee/migrant crisis to young activists and students through interactive teaching approaches real, where refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa at stake, as well as to discuss ways in which young people can help their peers in exile.


Members of the Youth Forum, Marija Milovanović and Nevena Šaulić, participatied in the training "Help helpers and young people in the migrant crisis", organized by the Association of National Parliament, with the support of the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe, within the framework of the project "Youth Workers Address Refugee Crisis in Serbia ". Training the youth activists who want or plan to get involved and help the refugees passing through Serbia, an opportunity to learn how to successfully create and implement programs to support refugees and migrants, and assiste them in accordance with their capabilities.


In addition to various psychological and activist workshops, the participants March 5th, went to the field, in a refugee camp in Presevo. With the general location and defining the current terminology of the current situation - the difference between the migrant and refugee participants were referred to the personal stories of refugees and their problems. They had the opportunity to personalize the situation of people fleeing war and empathically understand the great tribulation faced by refugees on their way to Europe. Nevena Šaulić explained in the difference between the terms "refugee" and "migrant" in an innovative way. She was talking about how and how much are violated their basic human rights, and how youth activism can be used to improve their position in Serbia.


She started off with a workshop method - asking the attendees to write seven things to put in backpack when fleeing from home. This was the prelude to a conversation about the identity of refugees, their dehumanization through the media and the missuse of terms and their status. Nevena noted that among the refugees particularly vulnerable are women and girls and the audience could hear personal testemonies of some of them. She also gave several examples of how youth activists managed to make he current situation in Preševo a little easier to refugees.


Participants made an interesting discussion with their comments, suggestions and questions, and Nevena was able to transfer part of her knowledge and expirience adopted at the trening.


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