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Two perspectives of the refugees’ situation, in Haiti and in Europe, were shown in the last conferences of the Integration Week organized by the USC

24th June 2019

The 21st June, a comprehensive session, including two conferences, the screening of a documentary and a round table, were held within the facilities of the USC that host the Exhibition People. The first conference, led by Ana Isabel Martín, architect and international cooperation specialist working in Haiti and Michael Sainvil, expert in International Relations and aid worker in reconstruction organisations in the same country, presented the hard reality of the Haitian country and its people, among which there were more than one million of displaced people living in camps as a result of the earthquake occurred in 2010. Their intervention was followed by the presentation done by Jaime Alekos, independent journalist, specialized in human rights of the hardest part of the life of a group of refugees, all of them unaccompanied minors, in the border between Serbia and Hungary. The screening of his documentary The European Dream: Serbia, opened the way for a later colloquium, with the added participation of Patricia Muñiz and Gabriel Tizón, authors of the Exhibition People, where all the participants had the opportunity know first-hand the human drama of refugees because of different reasons, as a result of natural disaster and as a consequence of a political conflict or instability.

The photography and empathy workshop Among us brought the reality of the refugees to a group of students of the Institute of Secondary School Xelmírez I of Santiago de Compostela

20th January 2019

In the framework of the Integration Week organized by the USC as part of the UNINTEGRA project, a group of students of Secondary School shared with the photographer Gabriel Tizón, author, together with Patricia Muñiz, of the Exhibition People, two hours of a practical and emotional workshop. The analysis of the photography and its technique allowed the participants to get into the problem of the refugee population. The interaction between the photographer and the students led to a debate and an exchange of visions that contributed to the objective of raising awareness and call for a reflection to the younger population, sometimes unaware of a reality only seen from a distance.

UNINTEGRA Conferences held in the framework of the Integration Week of the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela the 18th June

19th June 2019

The 18th June, the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela hosted the development of two conferences in the framework of the Integration Week. The first conference was focused on Geopolitics and Environmental Refugees and delivered by the Professor of the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, José Julio Fernández Rodríguez. This presentation was followed by the conference given by the Dr Miguel Ángel Iglesias Blanco, Captain of the Guardia Civil (Military Gard) and Chief of the Health Care Service of Lugo’s headquarters, with the title of Health Interventions in humanitarian rescue missions in Frontex.

Working meeting of UNINTEGRA project

18th June 2019

The working meeting of UNINTEGRA project, dealing with the Work Package 1 (Development of a protocol of validation of academic competences and credentials of third country nationals) and Work Package 2 (Raising awareness of the academic and local community and facilitating integration of third country nationals through their interaction and feedback in the hosting society) was held in the premises of the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela coinciding with the celebration of the Integration Week. The participants, coming to Santiago from Universidade do Minho and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, discussed the main results achieved so far within this project and agreed the schedule of the next steps of the project implementation putting special emphasis on dissemination and capitalization of results of this initiative. The attendees had also the opportunity to do a guided visit to the Exhibition “People”, included in the Integration Week and becoming a key activity addressed to raise awareness of the local community about the refugees’ situation.

Round Table "Meeting", focused on the refugee women, held in Santiago de Compostela the 13th June

14th June 2019

The University of Santiago de Compostela hosted yesterday, June 13, the round table "Meeting" in which Suelma Beiruk,  President of the Sahrawi Group in the African Parliament; Fadile Tibisay, responsible of SAWT - Syrian-Galician association in favour of the Syrian refugees in Galicia- and Katherin A. Belgrave, asylum-seeker from Venezuela shared with the public their direct experience as refugees, asylum seekers, with the aim of giving visibility to their specific problems and exploring cooperation prospects for their integration of the refugee population in their host communities. Their testimony was addressed to create a scenario for reflection raising awareness of the local population and searching for feedback and real actions that will contribute to alleviate the situation of the refugee population and provide the right conditions for integration and inclusion.