New Year’s Celebration
Saturday, 27th January was New Year’s Celebration day for the Greek Forum of Refugees and we proved how solidarity and friendship can go together with fun and hope for anything new coming our way the new year.
GFR’s President, Vice President and Secretary of Board
That was an opportunity to bring together new and older members of our communities. A multicultural pattern was set with our friends from Nigeria, Syria, Burundi, the Congo, China, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and more along with our colleagues from UNHCR, Greece and the Asylum Service who were kind enough to attend. Of course, matters of interest to our communities were pointed out and discussed and issues raised among the participants who got the chance to network at the same time.
Members of GFR’s Board
In his speech the president of GFR, Yonous Muhammadi, exalted the contribution of the communities in the efforts made for improvement and social inclusion and stressed out how refugees and migrants still have a long way to go to ensure their full rights being protected and their lives progressing in our country. Family reunification and asylum procedure issues and delays have also been addressed pointing out that more is needed to be done and that the forum is urging all parties involved to take active responsibility.
Eleni Petrakis from the Asylum Service is discussing with members of our communities
in the presence of GFR’s Secretary of Board, Josephine Ngendakumana
Addressing the needs of the communities is the priority of the Greek Forum of Refugees as was vehemently stated by the board throughout the interactions and their actions need all the more support by all stakeholders because it is often without any financial means that they keep up their important work on the ground. EU policies and geopolitical concerns have as a result thousands of people stranded and overwhelmed as the future looks bleak ahead.
GFR’s work will keep relying on the contribution of refugee communities and civil society which have proved that solidarity and willingness are the most needed pieces of this puzzle. This year we wish for more solidarity, respect and diversity and not closed borders anywhere in the world!
GFR’s President, Yonous Muhammadi, is addressing the party
Have a prosperous and inclusive 2018 everyone!