AMEL ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL /FACM. 11.12.2017
Le séminaire “Dignité, solidarité et humanité avec les peuples en exil”. qui s’est tenu les 5 et 6 décembre 2017 à Athènes, se termine par l’appel à toutes les parties intéressées qui partagent leurs valeurs de dignité, de solidarité et d’humanité pour rejoindre un mouvement euro-méditerranéen avec les personnes en exil. Plusieurs membres du réseau des cercles de la Fondation ACM ont participé à cet événement. Maged El Samni – Cercle ACM d’Alexandrie et Mattia Ciampicacigli, journaliste, président de l’Association “Laura Lombardo Radice” et membre du cercle ACM de Rome.
Amel et le SSI, partenaires dans la réponse aux besoins des personnes en situation d’exil, organisent, en étroite collaboration avec la Fondation Assemblée des Citoyens et Citoyennes de la Méditerranée, Amel France, et avec le support local de CAMPFIRE Innovation, le centre culturel Melina Merkouri de la municipalité d’Athènes et l’Institut français de Grèce.
This event was organized by Amel Association International and Samusocial International, in close cooperation with Amel France, and with the local support of CAMPFIRE Innovation, with the contribution of the Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation (FACM), the Melina Merkouri Center of the Municipality of Athens and the Institut français de Grèce.
The program of the seminar is still available at: http://amel.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Program-Seminar-Athens-Amel- SSI-.pdf
As highlighted by Dr. Xavier Emmanuelli, “this seminar is part of a “permanent” process to advocate for the humanization of the hosting of persons in exile, within the context of ongoing migration phenomenon”.
During this seminar, a continuation of a seminar held in Paris, in October 2017, 100 researchers, practitioners, officials and civil society initiatives gathered to share innovative practices and to discuss joint advocacy actions to promote new model of migrations, based on humanity, to host persons in exile.
The seminar provided a forum in which the participants had the opportunity to join breakout sessions, in which they were able to discuss challenges faced in the field in order to formulate collective solutions that could be replicated in the Euro- Mediterranean region. Furthermore, during round-table discussions, different recommendations were proposed, which included the following:
- – Define strategies to improve the involvement of all stakeholders, and particularly civil society initiatives, in the global dialogues on migration and refugee issues. For instance, calling upon governments and international organizations for a meaningful inclusion of grassroots organizations in the consultations related to the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants.
- – Develop networks of practitioners so that persons with specific needs, including unaccompanied minors, LGBTQI, victims of human rights violations, disabled, etc. – can have an early access to protection and orientation to adapted solutions. For instance, working on fast-track solutions for unaccompanied minors to have family reunification within Europe.
- – Advocacy for the right to mobility for all without discrimination through South-North networks, involving grass roots organizations and other relevant stakeholders.
- – Ensure that persons in exile can access self-reliance tools (including language, employment opportunities, as well as other social rights) and enhance the inclusion of host community members at the earliest stage of the “integration” process.
As stated by Dr. Kamel Mohanna, “solidarity between North and South needs to be strengthened; a process which shall continue beyond the seminar held in Greece, with new innovative actions in Italy and other Euro-Mediterranean countries”.
The recommendations of the seminar will be published in January 2018 and will include the call for the creation of a Euro- Mediterranean movement with persons in exile, which will be officially launched in Italy in spring 2018.