REFUGEE INTEGRATION THROUGH INCLUSION

A whole-of-society approach to fighting cultural divisions

18 June 2019 - 15:15 - 16:30
Shaza Al Rihawi, Jenny Hornisch, Yasmine Ouirhrane, Rozina Spinnoy, Shada Islam
Introduction

This event takes place as part of the European Development Days and will begin in room D4 at 15.15 at Tours and Taxis (Avenue du Port 86C, 1000 Brussels).

Register to the event directly via the eudevdays.eu website. Deadline for registrations is 27 May.

This event is part of our Development Policy Forum (DPF), which brings together a number of important development actors, including the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank. Reflecting the growing role of the private sector in development, the DPF has now welcomed Coca-Cola and Eni to the forum. The DPF contributes to the global and European conversation on inclusive development. Through its activities and publications, the DPF reflects the rapidly-changing global debate on growth and development and seeks to encourage a multi-stakeholdered, fresh, up-to-date thinking on the multiple challenges facing the development community.

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The Development Policy Forum (DPF) led by Friends of Europe brings together a number of crucial development actors. This includes the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank. Reflecting the growing role of the private sector in development, the DPF has now welcomed Coca-Cola to the forum.

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Migration is a global phenomenon which needs to be tackled on the international level but also by national governments, local authorities and an empowered civil society. In Europe, while the focus tends to be on migration and the political tensions it continues to provoke, governments are also responding to the longer term challenge of integrating migrants and refugees in order to build more inclusive and resilient societies. 

Programme
11.00

Start of the European Development Days

15.15 – 16.30

Refugee integration through inclusion: a whole-of-society approach to fighting cultural divisions

Refugees must have easy access to skills training, education, affordable housing and jobs as they settle into their new homes away from home. Experience has shown that those designing such services must take an inclusive and whole-of-society approach so that all community members are treated equally. Programmes targeting refugees alone can instil a feeling of exclusion among established local community members with similar needs who may feel they are being neglected. This can deepen divides and make people more vulnerable to the toxic “us and them” rhetoric espoused by populist politicians and those who fear the arrival of foreigners in their towns and cities. Such “privileges” can also be an unwelcome reminder to new arrivals of how they differ from their neighbours and inspire a feeling of “victimhood” which hinders integration.

  • How is it possible to properly address both refugees’ and local communities’ specific needs without discriminating between the two?
  • What should be done to implement a whole-of-society approach in designing services for refugees?
  • What steps should be taken to address discrimination, combat the feeling of ‘other-ness’ and ultimately foster inclusive and sustainable integration?

Speakers include:
Shaza Al Rihawi
, Founding Member of Network for Refugee Voices
Jenny Hornisch, Team Leader of the Qudra Programme, Kurdistan region of Iraq, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Yasmine Ouirhrane, Young European of the Year and EDD Young Leader
Rozina Spinnoy, Founder of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) Belgium

Moderated by:
Shada Islam
, Director for Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe
 

16.30

End of debate

Speakers
Shaza Al Rihawi
Founding Member of Network for Refugee Voices
Shaza Al Rihawi is a human rights activist and Syrian refugee based in Germany. She co-founded The Network for Refugee Voices and is a steering committee member in the Global refugee led Network GRN. She is also a member of the European Migrant Advisory Board, an initiative of the Partnership on Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees the Urban Agenda for the EU. Shaza was deeply involved in human rights issues and has first-hand experience dealing with refugees and women’s crises having previously worked on SGBV cases in UNHCR Syria. Prior to that, she worked with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the Centre for Strategic Studies in Syria. Currently, she is working as a research assistance in the Lifbi Institute on a ReGES project (Refugees in the German Educational System).
Jenny Hornisch
Team Leader of the Qudra Programme, Kurdistan region of Iraq, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Jenny’s current work focuses on strengthening resilience of refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities. She has spent the past eight years working with GIZ in crisis and conflict affected contexts in the Middle East. Her recent work in Palestine was focused around protecting and promoting women’s rights through increasing female representation in socio-economic decision making and local government and raising awareness of gendered issues at municipal level. Her areas of expertise include good governance, fragility and conflict, migration and displacement.
Yasmine Ouirhrane
Young European of the Year and EDD Young Leader
Yasmine Ouirhrane is an advocate for Social and Gender Justice in Europe and an expert on Peace & Security at the AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub, mandated by the EU and the AU. In this role, she wrote a proposal on tracking basic services in fragile contexts with accessible digital support to feed into peace processes. She is also an award-winning fellow at Women Deliver and a member of the Gender Innovation Agora at UN Women. Since the age of 16, she has worked in underprivileged neighbourhoods throughout France where she is committed to addressing inequalities and promoting social inclusion. Last year, she helped organise the YO!Fest, gathering 8000 youth at the European Parliament and sponsored a delegation of underprivileged students with a migrant background coming from France and Italy.
Rozina Spinnoy
Founder of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) Belgium
Wanting to combine her academic background in interior design with her passion for remedying societal issues, Rozina Spinnoy founded BIDs Belgium, an organisation bringing public-private partnerships to specific areas within municipal districts, typically aiming at funnelling capital into improvements to the area, although some projects go full throttle into business development. BIDs has a focus on championing the value of inclusive education and 'designing' inclusive communities, along with her social and digital inclusion project Analogue to Digital, that has a focus on vulnerable and neuro-diverse youth. Rozina’s design management experience overlaps a wide variety of sectors, including education, equality, inclusion, women's issues, mental health, urban place-making and civic participation.
Shada Islam
Director for Europe & Geopolitics
Shada Islam is responsible for policy oversight of Friends of Europe’s initiatives, activities and publications. She has special responsibility for issues related to the Future of Europe, Migration, the Asia Programme and the Development Policy Forum. Shada is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) where she teaches Asia-Europe relations and has been selected as a fellow by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She has been named as one of twenty most influential women in Brussels by Politico. Shada is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has previously worked on Asian and Migration issues at the European Policy Centre. She is one of the authors of Friends of Europe’s much-read “Frankly Speaking” commentary and is sought after as a speaker, commentator, columnist and moderator at high-level European and global events. Shada also continues to write on EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations and trade and development issues for leading Asian, European and international publications and academic journals.
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