Meet & Greet Event: The Challenges of Migration in the Middle East and North Africa

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Over two years have passed since the biggest refugee crisis hit Europe since World War II. Still today, it is important for all countries involved to continue exchanging best practices and to enhance their cooperation. Countries of the Middle East and North Africa, especially Jordan, Lebanon and Libya, are among the most experienced countries in the world regarding migration and refugees. Yet, they are facing major problems to implement integration and humanitarian policies. Libya for instance has become the most important transit country for refugees towards Europe since 2011.


How can NGOs and international organizations help to provide solutions? How does the cooperation between NGOs and state actors look like? Are there regional or national specificities? These are questions that can be addressed during our “Meet & Greet” event, as well as topics like the challenges of security policies and questions of culture and identity.

We welcome you to our event to meet with MENA civil society representatives for an informal exchange. This specific setting will allow you to address your questions and compare best practices and thereby enter into conversation with representatives working with refugees, governments and refugee camp officials.


Monday, 05 March 2018

Registration & Light snack: 18.00h

Event: 18.30 – 20.00h


Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels


Kindly register for this event by 02 March 2018 at  *



Carmen Gerstenmeyer

European Affairs Manager, European Dialogue Programme,

Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Brussels



Civil Society Representatives:

Mr. Aeoub Sofian (Libya)

Director, Apuleius Center


Mr. Ibrahim Mukassabi (Libya)

Executive Director, Libyan Civil Society Delegation


Mr. Fidel Azazi (Lebanon)

Humanitarian Aid Worker, UNHCR


Mr. Obada Khaled Youssif (Lebanon)

Operation Assistant, World Vision, Lebanon


Mr. Mohammad Barakat Bani Amer (Jordan)

Former Deputy Station Commander of the Zataari Refugee Camp


Dr. Fawwaz Ayoub Momani (Jordan)

Director, Refugees, Displaced Persons and Forced Migration Studies Centre



Constanze Sturm

Project Manager, MENA Regional Office, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Amman


Chloé Melchionne

Programme Coordinator, European Dialogue Programme,

Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Brussels




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