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Authors: Irene Zugasti (Spain), Camila Azavedo (Sweden), Stephen Treacy (UK) Simon Marijsse (Belgium) Beatrice Mumbi (Kenya), Karina Oborune (Latvia), Mikael Grunwaldt (Germany)
The second characteristic is that our societies are marked by stark contrasts. Today in Europe, a real crisis we face is the spreading radicalization against Muslims and refugees in Germany, Hungary, Poland and elsewhere. But, we also see an enormous number of people volunteering and welcoming the refugees to their societies through civil society initiatives. This Special Report is about them. It is also a call by young university graduates for governments and international organizations to provide more support to these initiatives and follow-up with more integrative policies towards refugees, instead of building walls and re-installing borders inside the EU.
This Special Report presents five opinion articles sharing best practices of civil society initiatives and providing recommendations to governments; one story-report from the Dunkirk refugee camp in France, and a photo story about refugees in transit through Serbia and volunteers that help them. It is a very special Special Report about special people who give us hope that hypocrisy is not all that’s left of the developed part of our connected World.