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.

From 15:00 until 18:00 - Workshop

Co-creation workshop to develop policy recommendations with refugees/migrants (accessible by a confirmed invitation only).

From 18:00 until 19:30 - Networking Dinner

Communal networking dinner for refugee/migrant advocates and experts (accessible by a confirmed invitation only).

From 20:00 until 22:00 - G100 Conference

The G100 conference to discuss the policy recommendations with policymakers and experts (open to the public)

New Voices for Europe Council (NVE)

The most important issues of the G-100 are presented by the New Voices for Europe Council (NVE) for this evening. The NVE Council will consist mostly of refugees/migrants living in the Netherlands, politicians, and migration experts. The council will have to react to statements and recommendations made by participants of the G100 on integration policies that consider European, national and municipal integration policies. How do they deal with access to (mental) health, equitable work and education opportunities in the European communities they now live in? And how can their recommendations be of influence in integration policies of cities, states, and the EU – now and in the future?

This programme is realised in partnership with Syrian Volunteers in the Netherlands and with the support from the European Commission AMIF programme. G-100 will take place again on the 12th of December at Pakhuis de Zwijger. Sign up through the blue reservation button on the top right of this page.

G100 Design committee:

Saleem Bshara, Nour Saadi, Yordi Lassooy, Sajad Salmanpour, Mostafa Betaree, Anna Blinka, Ayham Saif Eddin, Antoinette Mutesa, Handenur Taspinar, Mohammed Badran