Event: New Voices for Europe Council

Newcomers are not represented in the democracy. How can they be involved in decision-making processes in their new European communities?

Date: Monday 12 December,
Time: 20.00
Venue: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam
Free Admission

Today, over 4.6 million people seek safety in Europe due to conflicts and violence from Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan, and other parts of the world, but their voices are not represented in the new EU member states they settled in. Newcomers do not have the right to vote or stand up in elections. Leaving them trapped in a chain of challenges without having the means to tackle them in a meaningful and participatory way.

We need to go beyond the idea that democracy is just casting a ballot. That’s why newcomers took the initiative and kicked off a series of G-100 workshops and conferences, based on the G-1000 ‘Burgertop’. The main goal is to speak up and ensure that newcomers’ voices are heard in decision-making processes through participatory bottom-up approaches. During the day, newcomers (refugees, migrants, asylum seekers) will work together with experts to analyze thier lived experiences in relation to the themes: access to (mental) health, access to equitable work and education opportunities. Further, they will develop policy recommendations, and discuss these with policymakers.

Find out more details on the speakers and programme here.