Empowerment and raising awareness over Statelessness’ matters

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Last week, 5 – 6 June, the Greek Forum of Refugees along with the European Network on Statelessness conducted a two – day workshop on issues related to statelessness.

During the workshops, participants from refugee and migrant communities had the opportunity to be thoroughly informed about the issue of statelessness, as well as to discuss the concerns arising from the triggered dialogue.

Moreover, the workshop was divided into two days and two working groups: a group of men and a group of women. ENS has launched the #StatelessJourneys ( https://statelessjourneys.org/ ), a project which aims to examine the relationship between statelessness and forced migration in Europe, by building links with refugees affected by statelessness and relevant stakeholders, in order to create a network with an informational and raising awareness purpose.

The Greek Forum of Refugees and the European Network on Statelessness received significant feedback from the participants and at the same time they identified the gaps concerning both information and actions relevant to statelessness’ issues at the national level. This evidence will be used as a guide which will help us to keep up on our actions related to the statelessness’ matters.

In conclusion, the Greek Forum of Refugees took part into the round table organized by the Greek Council For Refugees, on Friday, 7th of June. The Ministry of Interior, the Deputy Director of Migration Policy, the Department of citizenship of the Hellenic Police Headquarters, the Asylum Service, the Expert Sectoral Secretary of Citizenship, the European Network on Statelessness and the UN High Commissioner’s for Refugees Representative in Greece.

The round table discussed the current legal framework, but the issue of the need for a more unified and collective strategy for effective resolution on statelessness was highlighted.

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