On 23-26 May, the Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. team joined the 3rd transnational meeting of the You are Welcome project organised by Gláser Jakab Emlékalapítvány – Gergő Borbás and Gabor Mayer in Budapest. There, the project partners met to discuss their progress, to evaluate the project’s development and to outline the next steps. It was a milestone in the output development phase of the project. With many of the project activities already implemented, the partners shared their difficulties and best practices, and gave feedback on how they thought You Are Welcome should proceed in its next phase.
The main purpose of the event was to follow up on the current progress of the project and to assess the impact made with regard to the project objectives such as combatting migrant stigmatisation and Hate Speech.
The event programme was packed. On the first day a partner’s meeting was held at the Izraeli Kulturális Intézet / Israeli Cultural Institute, followed by a presentation given by Amnesty International Hungary on the current, and past, refugee & migrant situation in Hungary.
The You Are Welcome partners then met with a representative of the Magyar Helsinki Bizottság / Hungarian Helsinki Committee where this topic was elaborated on and a more detailed picture was given regarding the barriers NGOs and other social organisations face when combating Hate Speech and migrant stigmatisation in Hungary. The day was rounded off with a dinner, where all of the partners had the pleasure of meeting Amid, a refugee from Afghanistan living in Budapest for the last 8 years and of hearing his personal story.
On the second day of the meeting, the project partners were first
invited to a lecture and discussion led by Prof. Michael Miller from the Central European University, Budapest, on Hungary’s history, and its attitudes towards migrants and refugees. Held at the Synagogue de Teleki tér, participants afterwards learnt more about the synagogue’s role over the last few decades and its role today in Budapest.
Due to poor weather, the planned alternative walking tour of the city had to be rearranged and, instead, participants went to Aurora, a social community space, where the local refugee organisation gave a presentation about the work they do in and around Budapest to help refugees.
The partners convened for one last meeting to plan the future You Are Welcome events and activities and to reflect on the 3rd transnational event thus far. The evening then saw the commencement of You Are Welcome’s public event in Budapest, comprising of a live music concert, a physical theatre performance and a film screening.