Seminario: “Dignidad, solidaridad y humanidad con las personas en el exilio – prácticas innovativas”


“Dignity, Solidarity and Humanity with persons in exile – Innovative Practices”

Seminaro Organizado por Amel International and Samusocial International (SSI), y Amel France, tras el primer seminario de Paris, en octubre2017. 

5-6 Diciembre, 2017

Martes, 5 de December 2017
Lugar:: Melina Merkouri Cultural Center, 66 Iraklian St, Thissio, Athens


► 17:00 – 17:30
Welcoming Coffee and Registration

► 17:30 – 19:30 Opening Panel

• Mr. Lefteris Papagiannakis
Vice Mayor for Migrants, Refugees and Municipal Decentralization, City of Athens

• Mrs. Ioanna Theodorou Founder, CAMPFIRE Innovation

• Mr. Gilles Henri Tardy-Aygalenq Representative, Amel France

• Dr. Xavier Emmanuelli
Founding President, Samusocial International

• Dr. Kamel Mohanna
Founding President, Amel Association International

► 19:30 – 21:00
Welcoming Reception prepared by Options FoodLab, with documentation on innovative practices available

Miércoles, 6 de diciembre, 2017
Lugar: Institut français de Grèce, 31 Sina St, Athens


  • ►  9:30 – 10:00 Welcoming Coffee
  • ►  10:00 – 10:15
    Summary of the opening panel Presentation of the sessions
  • ►  10:15 – 11:45 Round-tables 1 & 2RT # 1 – Restricting, opening: formal policies, informal mitigation strategies

Description and questions: Paris’ recommendations; What are the applicable frameworks? How to increase legal pathways to Europe? What does the right to mobility mean? What are current and desired definitions of migrants? How to address marginalization, racism, xenophobia?


– Rola Saleh, Project Manager, Lebanon Support
– Jérôme Elie, Senior Policy Officer Forced Displacement, ICVA – Eleni Koutsouraki, Lawyer, Greek Council for Refugees


– Outreach Service Athens
– Mattia Ciampicacigli, President, Ass. cult. “Laura Lombardo Radice”

Moderator: Géraldine Pinauldt, Samusocial International

RT # 2 – Ensuring protection for persons in exile with specific needs

Description and questions: Paris recommendations; How to ensure the protection of the most vulnerable populations, particularly those who have specific needs? How to ensure that those persons with specific needs can access tailored and dignified services? What are the lessons learned from previous interventions targeting women, unaccompanied minors, persons with restricted mobility? Which models should be replicated?


– Rabia Ben Ali, Legal Advisor, MSF
– Lou-Salomé Sorlin, Representative in Lebanon, SSI


– Atlas
– Melissa Network
– Maged El Samny, Cofounder and Vice President of Egypt

Foundation for Youth and Development
Moderator: John Psaropoulos, Independent journalist

► 11:45 – 12:15 Coffee Break

► 12:15 – 13:45 Round-tables 3 & 4

RT # 3 – Hotspots, camps, and informal solidarity networks

Description and Questions: Paris recommendations; What are the different hosting situations in the Euro-Med region? How can we foster synergies between the initiatives in Leb- anon, Lesbos, Lampedusa (“3 L”)? What are our perspectives on hotspots? What is the role of solidarity networks and volunteering?


– Hafsa Afailal, Instituto de Ciências Sociais- Universidade de Lisboa
– Ioanna Thedorou, Founder, CAMPFIRE Innovation


– No Border School
– Anna Michalakeli, Projects Coordinator, Domestic Missions Unit, MDM Greece

Moderator: Daniel Howden, Senior Editor, Refugees Deeply

RT # 4 – Inclusion & Integration

Descriptions and Questions: Paris recommendations; What are the current and proposed processes for inclusion and integration of refugees? How these processes are taking into consideration the persons’ legal status? What are the existing community-led and grassroots initiatives promoting and ensuring inclusion and integration? What are the impacts of the integrations on the person’s right to mobility?


– Lucy Alice Thomas, Executive Director, Give something back to Berlin
– Lydia Bassaly, Head of Recruitment and Translation / Interpretation Services, NaTakallam


– The Koosh Project
– Solomon
– Social Hackers Academy – Kiron France
– Hestia Hellas

Moderator: Aya Burweila, Senior Researcher and Public Policy Officer, Solidarity Now

► 13:45 – 14:45 Lunch Break

► 14:45 – 16:00 Breakout Sessions

Small grassroots organisations are often overlooked. Yet, they increasingly work hand in hand with established humanitarian actors to bring about dignity and relief for refugees. This means: all actors should talk and learn from each other. The breakout sessions put best practices, collaboration, and action at their heart. Campfire Innovation’s trusted partners will each come prepared and present one challenge at one of the 16 tables (4 respectively related to health, education, livelihood and cultural mediation) as starting points for a meaningful design thinking session to generate tangible ideas and solutions to these challenges.

Moderation by CAMPFIRE Innovation

1) Health

Questions: Primary and Secondary Health Care, NGOs and failing states, Mobile setups, Voluntary & National systems.

2) Education

Questions: Integration or Preparation for return, Resettlement, How to deal specifically with youth and adults, Inclusion in the national framework vs innovative models, Non-formal education/education in crisis.

3) Livelihood

Questions: Independence / Self-sufficiency and reliance on humanitarian aid, Dealing with the national legal framework, Solutions to cope with donor fatigue.

4) Cultural Mediation

Questions: How to ensure professional, culturally sensitive translation, confidentiality & understanding? How to ensure that programs are allocating enough resources to cultural mediation? How to promote a common framework and understanding of what is the cultural mediation? How to take into consideration the cultural backgrounds of persons in exile?

  • ►  16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break
  • ►  16:30 – 17:30
    Presentation of the round-table and breakout sessions’ recommendations
  • ►  17:30 – 18:00
    Call for Action / Roadmap Including the constitution of a potential, regional Euro-Mediterranean movement of stakeholders working with vulnerable individuals in situations of exile
  • ►  18:00 – 18:15 Closure

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