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.

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Upcoming event: The European Refugee Crisis: Liberal Answers to Challenges in Migration


Migration will be one of the key challenges of the European Union in the years to come. A proper management of migration flows and the successful integration of refugees into our European societies is not only of strategic importance, it might prove to be the cornerstone of (re-)creating unity among the EU Member States.

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FNF Greece: “Break the Chain!” of indifference towards human exploitation

On the occasion of the pan-European day against human trafficking, various public organizations, NGOs and foundations co-organized the “Break the Chain!” festival in Athens to raise awareness and inform the Greek public. The motto “Do not stay inactive” expressed the organizers’ commitment to stop human exploitation especially today that big numbers of helpless people – adults as well as minors – become refugees and can’t make the necessary for living. Continue reading

Δηλώστε συμμετοχή τώρα στα Liberal Youth Seminars 2016!

Πολιτική Ηγεσία
και οι διαστάσεις του προσφυγικού


Το Ίδρυμα Φρίντριχ Νάουμαν για την Ελευθερία (FNF) με την υποστήριξη του ALBA, του ΙΜΕΔΑ και της Ακαδημίας για την Ελευθερία και τη Δημοκρατία, παρουσιάζουν τον νέο κύκλο των Liberal Youth Seminars που εστιάζει στην Πολιτική Ηγεσία και στο προσφυγικό ζήτημα. Στο επίκεντρο βάζουμε τα εξής ερωτήματα:

 Τι είναι η ηγεσία;
Οι ηγέτες γεννιούνται ή γίνονται;
Πώς μπορεί η ηγεσία να είναι φιλελεύθερη και συμμετοχική;
Τι είναι το προσφυγικό και πώς το αντιμετωπίζουν οι φιλελεύθερες ιδέες;

Σε περιόδους μεγάλων προκλήσεων οι ανάγκες για κοινωνική δράση είναι πιο αισθητές. Η ηγεσία όμως είναι ένας συνδυασμός δεξιοτήτων και γνώσης και μπορεί μέσω της εκπαίδευσης να δώσει στα πρόσωπα τα εργαλεία που χρειάζονται για να λειτουργήσουν αποτελεσματικά. Σε αυτόν τον σεμιναριακό κύκλο εξετάζουμε το φαινόμενο της ηγεσίας και αναζητούμε τις πιο αποτελεσματικές απαντήσεις στις πιο επίκαιρες προκλήσεις της εποχής με έμφαση στην κρίση του προσφυγικο ζητήματος, τη διαχείριση της κρίσης χρέους, την οικονομική ανάπτυξη και τα επόμενα βήματα της ευρωπαϊκής ενοποίησης.  Continue reading

FNF Greece: Promoting best practices for the integration of refugees

dsc07924Only four days after opening its doors, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) together with Joachim Stamp, Member of Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, paid a visit to the brand-new WELCOMMON Refugees Community & Hosting Center in downtown Athens. This model hostel for Syrian refugees operates in the center of the Greek capital to avoid the marginalization of the hosted people and promote their interaction and cooperation with the local population instead. Continue reading

FNF Greece: Looking for answers, finding more questions – Visiting refugee camps in Greece

An emotionally and physically intense two-day workshop on the Greek island of Lesvos was the kick-off of an event series  called “The European Refugee Crisis: Liberal Answers to Challenges on Land & Sea” co-hosted by the Greek project office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) and the European Liberal Forum (ELF).  Participants from fourteen different European countries took the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the refugee crisis, its repercussions on the population of the Aegean islands and the refugees alike, and the latest European strategies to absorb its impact.

“Captain Camp” Stavros Mirogiannis bringing participants and refugees together

To get a clear picture of the current situation, the group visited the “Kara Tepe” refugee camp and met with its manager Stavros Mirogiannis who dedicates nearly every minute of his day to deal with the inhabitants’ needs. “Europe needs people like Stavros since they are the ones who ensure a humane and yet consistent regulated treatment of refugees”, Andreas Glück, a Member of Parliament in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, noted afterwards. “Without committed people like him, every humanitarian legislation adopted by politicians would fail.” Continue reading