On 16 November 2015, the International Day for Tolerance, representatives of European bottom-up initiatives for assistance to refugees, refugees themselves, civil society activists, researchers, and further interested public will come together in Berlin for the Discussion Round “Refugees Welcome: European Citizens on Watch”. The event will take place between 6pm and 9pm at the "Literaturwerkstatt" (Kulturbrauerei, 97, Knaack St., 10435 Berlin).

For the discussion round, the main organiser – the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum – invited Julia Eriksson Pogorzelska, Law Clerk, Litigation Department, Swedish Migration Agency (Stockholm, Sweden); Nora Hauptmann, NGO Relations Coordinator, Kiron University for Refugees (Berlin, Germany); Julija Kranjec, Director, Centre for Peace Studies, Coordinator of the “Welcome“ Initiative (Zagreb, Croatia); Rossi Nkamani, Refugee from Cameroon arrived on the Mediterranean way to the EU (Berlin, Germany); Zsuzsanna Zsohár, Media Officer, Migration Aid (Budapest, Hungary). The moderation will overtake Ralph du Long, Member of the Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, lawyer, UNITED for Intercultural Action (Assen-Amsterdam, Netherlands).

After the event, there will be an open space for individual talks and share of ideas and experiences.

The next day, 17 November 2015, will be devoted to site visits to Berlin initiatives assisting the refugees and advocacy meetings with City and German Federal authorities involved in the resolution of the refugee crisis.

We invite Forum members and all interested public to join the discussion round on 16 November. Please briefly send your confirmation of attendance to Sergei Tereshenkov, Forum’s Senior Coordinator for Public Relations.