Across Europe, local citizens have opened their doors to people in search of safety – migrants and refugees – sharing meals, learning languages and simply being together.
What initiatives in your community have helped you see the world through another’s eyes? Let us know…
I Get You spreads and improves the culture of welcome in Europe, creating inclusive communities where everyone is valued.
I Get You was started by JRS Europe in 9 European countries with the goal of identifying community building initiatives for local citizens and refugees. It began with some questions: what are the best practices that community building initiatives have found for working with local citizens and migrants? How do these initiatives build understanding and friendship? How do they counter racism and xenophobia?Now we are asking you to help us find the answers. I Get You has three main calls to action:
2. Send us photos and stories with #IgetYou
3. Share news about the project via social media
The research side of the project will enable us to analyse and compare initiatives across Europe. We will produce a mapping report and after that go to interview people in the initiatives themselves to gather even more data. Finally, 9 national reports and one European report will be launched and disseminated amongst policymakers and practitioners to raise awareness about best practices.
ABOUT JRS EUROPE
JRS Europe is based in Brussels and coordinates a network of JRS offices across 15 European countries. The mission of the Jesuit Refugee Service is to accompany, serve and advocate for refugees worldwide. JRS offices in Europe run a diverse range of projects with forced migrants from language classes to coffee mornings and dance classes. We believe that bringing people together is the best way to build mutual understanding. JRS Europe is working on I Get You with JRS Belgium, JRS Germany, JRS France, SJM Spain, JRS Italy, JRS Malta, JRS Portugal, JRS Romania and JRS South-East Europe Croatia.