One month since the war started and more than 4 million Ukrainian people have fled their home country, reaching the neighbouring states. Of them, more than 2.3 million have found a safe place in Poland, the same country that not long ago had to cope with the arrival of thousands of people from Afghanistan, resulting in a real mass invasion.
Poland’s first response to the calamity was heart-warming, but the country was not prepared to welcome this high number of refugees, and it started to struggle to help. Queues for registration get longer and longer, and polish people start to wonder how the already overloaded social and health care system can manage to assist millions more people or how their children’s education will be affected by overcrowded school classes. The major problem is that EU countries lack a strategy to ensure receptions of refugees, which remains limited to emergency situations.
Join the webinar on the narrative of a human-based system to welcome refugees from Ukraine on 13 April 2022 at 6PM
In this context, ALDA, leader of the EPIC project, and its partners have organised a webinar called “From emergency situation to an inclusive and sustainable response: the narrative of a human-based system to welcome refugees from Ukraine”. In the webinar it will be discussed the human based system, where refugees are recognised as key actors in their own development, rather than passive recipients of help and services, and the importance of language and narratives to foster the design of sound policies. During the webinar, the municipality of Gdansk, partner of the project, will play a key role due to its proximity and frontline commitment.
After the panel presentation, Q&A with the audience and debate, the local authorities and NGOs members of the EPIC project and invited stakeholders will share their experiences on how they are living the current humanitarian crisis and what past lessons learned can be replicated.
Among keynote speakers:
- Yulia Krivich, Ukrainian female artist and photographer. In her artistic practice, she addresses the issues of identity, Ukrainian artists representation in Polish art scene and employs the elements of activism combined with a personal story. Concerned with the impact of harmful narratives in the Polish-Ukrainian context.
- Hania Hakiel. Hania is an expert on trauma and safe spaces, from verbal to physical dimensions. She has worked as a therapist with refugee communities for several years after 2015focusing on how to engage with refugees in a healthy and meaningful way.
- Dolinda Cavallo, ALDA Project coordinator;
- Marta Siciarek, Coordinator of the regional migration policy, Metropolitan Area of Gdansk
- Patricia Martinez, Project Manager, AEIDL