Webinar “Human Dignity and Resilience”

Event details

  • woensdag | 17 februari 2021
  • 16:00 - 17:30
  • online

woensdag 17 februari 2021, van 16 tot 17.30 uur organiseren de Gemeenschap van Sant’Egidio en Comece (De Commissie van Bisschoppen van de Europese Gemeenschap) het webinar “Human Dignity and Resilience: Migrants and Hosting Communities”.

Migranten en asielzoekers die de EU binnenkomen hebben te maken met enorme moeilijkheden vanwege de scheiding van hun oorspronkelijke woonplaats en de risico’s op misbruik, discriminatie en intolerantie.

Het doel van dit event is om migranten, asielzoekers en gastvrije gemeenschappen een stem te geven, te luisteren naar de problemen die zij in de praktijk ondervonden en hoe zij die overwonnen hebben. Tevens wordt er nagedacht hoe de EU met en voor hen een gunstigere omgeving kan scheppen.

De webinar is in het Engels.

Gratis registratie via https://forms.gle/tgXUHRPkhDjbFHAY7


Migrants and asylum seekers entering into the EU have to face enormous difficulties. Those who emigrate experience separation from their place of origin, and often a cultural and religious uprooting as well. Their situation of vulnerability put them at higher risk of being victims of discrimination, intolerance and even unhuman and degrading treatment. But at the same time, in their journey and in the process of integration in hosting societies, we can find examples of their resilience, showing their tenacity and determination to overcome the problems they must face in their everyday life.

The aim of this event is to raise voices of migrants, asylum seekers and hosting communities and  to listen to the problems they faced on the ground and how they overcame them. It is also to reflect together on how the EU could create a more favourable environment for them and with them.


16:00-16:05 Welcoming and presentation

  • Professor Jan De Volder, Secretary General of Sant’Egidio BXL Europe
  • Fr Manuel Barrios Prieto, Secretary General of COMECE

16:05-16:40 Testimonies of migrants and hosting communties

Question: How have you overcome the difficulties when coming to Europe in the journey, upon arrival and in the path to become an active actor in the hosting society?

  • Mathieu
  • Arlette

16:35-16:55 How the EU supports and should support migrants’ resilience?

Question: How do you, regardless of political affiliation or mandate, react to these experiences? What may be done to include migrants and refugees in policymaking and integration plans?

  • Javier Zarzalejos, MEP, Member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, EPP.
  • Damian Boeselager, MEP, Member of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Substitute of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Greens.

17:00-17:15 A visual snapshot of daily life for migrants in Greece, by Dr. Alkisti Alevropoulou-Malli

Question: What are the roles of agency, dignity and a sense of normality in building resilience? A commentary accompanied by the display of selected pictures from migrant settlements in Greece.