The RISE network is a refugee network in created in 2016, led by refugees in different European countries. RISE has approximately 20 network members from 14 different European countries. Each country is represented by a national contact point. The network members have different educational and professional background. Rise represents the authentic voices of refugees, where refugees campaign for themselves.
❝ they cannot decide for our future without us ❞
Building RISE Network is an opportunity to make a difference. RISE is about ‘Refugees’ Ideas and Solutions for Europe’. We, as refugees, want refugees to talk about their issues, but also come up with ideas. No one can understand better the problems of refugees better than themselves. No one can understand better how the current European policy is affecting their daily life. Being part of RISE network makes us stronger and more effective to act in coordination around Europe and to make a difference.
RISE aims at revealing refugee and migrant communities not exclusively as beneficiaries of social services, but rather as actors, who can contribute with their expertise to smoothen their inclusion.
Rise have been founded and is coordinated by GFR, with the support of Ecre. During August 2016 the Greek Forum of Refugees (GFR) and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) identified national contact points in different European countries based on existing networks. They met for the first in September 2016 for a steering committee. All the potential national network members showed great interest in creating a Europe-wide network of refugees’ and migrants’ communities.
As a first step the network members were holding consultations with refugee focus groups by collecting the main issues and challenges they are facing in Europe. During 2 workshops (November 2016 and February 2017) the network members had the opportunity to exchange their experience and information they collected while holding the consultations and the further development of the network.
In order to strengthen the network members’ sense of ownership, to foster their commitment, to engage them in their field of expertise and to create a space to develop their capacities the members created different working groups within the network.
União de Refugiados em Portugal UREP , Portugal
Svea Integration, Sweden
Africa Centre, Ireland
Women Refugee Route, Denmark
Center for Refugee Intergration, France
Individual activists, Belgium
START in Germany, Germany
Individual activist, Austria