The Greek Forum of Refugees was present in the annual conference of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles that took place in Brussels (23 – 24 October).
Mr Moussa Sangare, member of the Board of Directors at the Greek Forum of Refugees and President of the Ivorian community in Greece, took part in the conference and had the opportunity of raising the issue of the impact that European institutions have in the daily life of a refugee or migrant.
Mr Sangare highlighted the importance of including refugees and migrants in the decision making procedures within the European institutions given the fact that they are capable of contributing with their personal experience and understanding. After all, these decisions affect their daily life and it is quite necessary of requesting for their input and consultancy.
The member of the Board of Directors at the Greek Forum of Refugees was also referred to the suffering of refugees’ and migrants’ journey which is continued to the detention centers in Greece and other first reception countries. He argued that instead of focusing on detain refugees an migrants, we have to think of alternative ideas concerning social inclusion. “This is the only way to deal with refugees’, migrants’ and society’s fear”, he said.
The Greek Forum of Refugees is a member of European Council on Refugees and Exiles since 2016, an alliance of almost 104 NGO’s across 41 European countries.
ECRE’s mission is to protect and advance refugees’, asylum seekers’ and displaced people’s rights.