Europe for citizens logoMod of Life association is looking for project partner NGOs for a new project we plan to apply under Europe for Citizens programme, Strand1: European Remembrance. Interested organizations should send us attached Partner Identification Form as soon as possible.

Short description of the project:

Today one of the biggest challenges for Europe is the forced migration of people fleeing from conflict zones and looking for a safe and better life. The numbers are rapidly growing thus threatening the stability of local communities and economies. Societies are being polarized and the growth of right wing extremism is creating another threat for European democracies. With this project, Mod of Life proposes a concept for defining and understanding current tendencies of forced migration using lessons from the past and thus remembrance as an inspiration for present and future peace activism.

The project aims at: remembrance of historical events such as the aftermath of WWI, Greco-Turkish War and the Yugoslav War; drawing parallels between the past and current conflicts focusing on the reasons, specifics and consequences of forced migration; raising awareness within local communities on the topic; providing space for networking for future development on actions for peacebuilding and conflict and forced migration prevention; promoting peace, anti-militarism and non-violence and encouraging active participation at European Level.

The project foresees a preparatory meeting, two seminars, each focusing on forced migration during different periods in history: the World War I, Greco-Turkish War and the Yugoslav War, 2 study camps in meaningful locations connected with the local history and current state of forced migration and a final visibility event following the connecting thread between different historical events included in the project and the current developments of forced migration in Europe.

The final outputs will include a video containing information and stories collected and local visibility items.

Project Objectives:

  • remembrance of historical events such as the aftermath of WWI, Greco-Turkish War and Yugoslav war;
  • drawing parallels between past and current conflicts focusing on the reasons, specifics and consequences of forced migration;
  • raising awareness within local communities on the topic;
  • providing space for networking for future development on actions for peace building and conflict and forced migration prevention;
  • promoting peace, anti-militarism and non-violence and encouraging active participation at European Level

Event no.1. Preparatory meeting, -Romania

The meeting of the steering team of the is going to be organized in order to plan future activities. Partners share their expectations and experiences, and worked on project planning, budgeting, task division and outputs.

Event no. 2. Learn and Get Inspired from the Past seminar -Greece

Participants sent by project partners will explored the history of the Greco-Turkish War and focus on the topic of forced migration. They will follow the refugee route and get introduced with great historical places. During the project local witnesses, experts and activists will be involved. Event taking place in Thessaloniki with its rich history of hosting refugees, involves local and international activists and historians. During the event participants will collect stories of refugees and war victims starting with the first wave of refugees who arrived in Greece in 1922, continuing with victims of the WWII and finally - the asylum seekers who reach Greece nowadays. Participants will be encouraged to create a short video which will contribute to the final video of the project.

Event no. 3. One Step Forward, One Step Back, Serbia

Participants will explore the history of the wars in ex-Yugoslavia while drawing parallels between the situation in the region then and the current situation where the Balkan Peninsula is still being affected by forced migration, namely being one of the main routes people are taking fleeing their homes in search of a safer tomorrow. The seminar envisages working with local witnesses, experts and associations and grassroots activists. We will tackle the topic of the causes and consequences of the conflicts in the Balkans, people’s reactions in form of peace movements, reaching the present day, discussing the Europe’s respond to the current humanitarian crisis and exploring concrete examples in Serbia. Participants will be encouraged to create a short video which will contribute to the final video of the project.

Event no 4. Study camp and raising awareness event, Italy

The study camp is planned at giving voice to people who do not have it like immigrants working in the countryside in south of Italy. The participants sent by project partners organize a visibility event in order to stimulate debate on forced migration then and now, labor exploitation and try to bring out its contradictions. Participants will be encouraged to create a short video which will contribute to the final video of the project.

Event no 5. Study camp and raising awareness event, Romania

Statistics regarding the expulsion of Transylvanian Saxons indicate that up to 30,336 individuals were deported to the Soviet Union — some 15% of Transylvania's German population (according to 1941 data).[1] 12% of expellees were outside the age limits provided for in the deportation order; a 13-year-old girl was deported, as were people aged 55. 90% of expellees ended up in the Ukrainian SSR (the areas of Dnipropetrovsk, Stalino and Voroshilovgrad), the rest in the Urals. Our mission is to outline the political, social and psychological borders set between refugees and Germans, and to deconstruct them.

Event no 6 . Final visibility event and evaluation meeting, Bulgaria

At the final event we invite you to the presentation of a photo exhibition and the screening of the video. Besides, the project team will work on evaluation of the project, draw conclusions and propose a follow up of the project. The event includes different interactive methods aiming at following and understanding the connecting thread of forced migration along the history timeline. A field visit to a Reception center for asylum seekers in Sofia is planned as well. The event is organized in cooperation with government stakeholders, local NGOs, universities and informal group.