PATH Activities

  1. Preparatory meeting, 18-21 November 2016, Budapest, Hungary

The meeting of the steering team of the project was organized with the support of Building Bridges and No More War working groups of SCI. The meeting started with an introduction about “Memoric: Memories Beyond Rhetoric” - presenting the outcomes, best practices and challenges the team faced. Partners shared their expectations and experiences, and worked on project planning, budgeting, task division and outputs. A visit to “Open Doors”, a project of Utilapu with young refugees and asylum seekers was organized.

  1. Learn and Get Inspired from the Past seminar, 10 - 15 March 2017, Alt Empordà, Catalonia, Spain

Participants sent by project partners explored the history of the Spanish civil war and focused on the topic of forced migration. They followed the refugee route and got introduced with great historical spots: Elna Maternity Hospital, the venue of the concentration camp Argeles, Exile Memorial Museum etc. During the project local witnesses, experts and activists were involved. Participants were encouraged to create a short video which will contribute to the final video of the project. Find photos of the seminar here and a video about the impressions of the participants here and a Twitter moment here

  1. One Step Forward, One Step Back, 8-14 May 2017, Novi Sad, Serbia

Participants, representing mainly project organisations in the Balkans, explore the history of the wars in ex-Yugoslavia while drawing parallels between the situation in the region then and the current situation where the Balkan Peninsula is still being affected by forced migration, namely being one of the main routes people are taking fleeing their homes in search of a safer tomorrow. The seminar envisages working with local witnesses, experts and associations from Novi Sad (NSHC, CK13) and grassroots activists and organizations in Subotica, the northernmost city in Serbia, on the border with Hungary. We will tackle the topic of the causes and consequences of the conflicts in the Balkans, people’s reactions in form of peace movements (Women in Black, SCI), reaching the present day, discussing the Europe’s respond to the current humanitarian crisis and exploring concrete examples in Serbia.

  1. No Border Fest, Study camp and raising awareness event, 12-21 June 2017, Rome, Italy

The study camp was initially planned to be organized in Foggia in cooperation with Radio Ghetto Voci Libere, a community radio aimed at giving voice to people who do not have it like immigrants working in the countryside in south of Italy, and Laboratorio 53. Unfortunately the camp was definitely evicted in March 2017.

The alternative study camp was organised together with the No Border Fest in Rome. This is a festival SCI Italy organizes since 2009, actively involving refugees and asylum seekers. Partnership will be the same with Radio Ghetto Voci Libere and Laboratorio 53 among the others. The participants sent by project partners  organized a visibility event in order to stimulate debate on forced migration then and now, labour exploitation and try to bring out its contradictions.

  1. REcapturing the history, Study camp and raising awareness event, 10-20 July 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece

The study camp, taking place in Thessaloniki with its rich history of hosting refugees, involved local and international activists and historians. During the camp participants sent by project partners collected stories of refugees and war victims starting with the first wave of refugees who arrived in Greece in 1922, continuing with victims of the WWII and finally - the asylum seekers who reach Greece nowadays. Participants were encouraged to create a small video to be used in the final video creation. Find photos of the seminar here and more about the camp here.

  1. Solidarity with refugees, Study camp and raising awareness event, 12 - 26 August 2017, Friedland, Germany

Friedland became the biggest camp for German refugees after WWII, and founding place of the German SCI branch. The study camp group worked in a community garden with refugees and locals, received study parts on the history of forced migration by the Museum Friedland and performed creative workshops with the migrant theatre Boat People Projekt. Then, the group created an exhibition of the museum about the history of civic engagement and the different groups of refugees in the camp along the theme of borders. They unite and divide groups and individuals. Our mission was to outline the political, social and psychological borders set between refugees and Germans, and to deconstruct them.

  1. Final visibility event and evaluation meeting, 25-30/1 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria

At the final event we invite you to the presentation of the PATH exhibition and the screening of the PATH video. Besides, the PATH project team will work on evaluation of the project, draw conclusions and propose a follow up of the project. The event includes different interactive methods aiming at following and understanding the connecting thread of forced migration along the history timeline. A field visit to a Reception center for asylum seekers in Sofia is planned as well as No More War Festival that will focus on awareness-raiisng and cover topics of forced migration, refugees, radicalisation, peaceful ways to protest, and more. This will include workshops and public debates and a commemoration in memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (27/1).The event is organized in cooperation with government stakeholders, local NGOs, universities and informal group. Interested in joining the event? Read more in a call for participants and apply by Wednesday 29 November.

The following travel policy applies to all projects´ activities.