In Portugal, Network for Dialogue Member MEERU Creates a Culture of Welcome

Rising hate speech. Fierce polarisation. Isolation and distrust fuelled by COVID-19. Neighbors who no longer know one another by name. These are a few of the alarming trends plaguing many Western societies today. Yet in an increasingly fractured world, Portugal-based organization MEERU believes dialogue with refugees and asylum-seekers may hold the key to reuniting communities.   Well-removedContinue reading In Portugal, Network for Dialogue Member MEERU Creates a Culture of Welcome

EUROPEAN POLICY DIALOGUE FORUM 2021, 19-21 OCTOBER, LISBON (PORTUGAL) AND VIRTUALLY

Overview of the Forum European society is characterized by growing ethnic, national and religious diversity. At the same time, there is a rise in populism and agitation against this diversity which is often expressed through social exclusion, hate speech and narratives of fear. Interreligious and intercultural dialogue are central to addressing these divisions. Religious actorsContinue reading EUROPEAN POLICY DIALOGUE FORUM 2021, 19-21 OCTOBER, LISBON (PORTUGAL) AND VIRTUALLY

MEERU | Abrir Caminho: who we are and how we use dialogue as a key instrument to build true bonds of affection

We usually say that MEERU | Abrir Caminho started before it was established when, in the spring of 2016, Safaa, Mahmood, Omar and Rafif – a family who had run away from Syria – arrived in Barcelos, a town in the north of Portugal. They were welcomed by a group of young people who livedContinue reading MEERU | Abrir Caminho: who we are and how we use dialogue as a key instrument to build true bonds of affection

Increasing Social Inclusion of Europe’s Migrant and Refugee Communities Through Dialogue

As KAICIID’s Network for Dialogue addresses issues of social exclusion among Europe’s migrant communities with three new policy briefs, Network member and expert on protection, inclusion and engagement at the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), Dr Amjad Mohamed Saleem reflects on the importance of dialogue with Dr Angelika Aroni, a policymaker from the GreekContinue reading Increasing Social Inclusion of Europe’s Migrant and Refugee Communities Through Dialogue

KAICIID’s Network for Dialogue publishes policy briefs addressing issues of social exclusion among Europe’s refugee and migrant communities

A series of recommendations aimed at countering the complex challenges presented by European migration is published today by the KAICIID-supported Network for Dialogue, a Europe-wide initiative seeking to unite faith-based and secular organisations, religious leaders, and scholars in strengthening dialogical approaches to the integration of refugees and migrants. Drawn from inputs, advice and experiences of both expert andContinue reading KAICIID’s Network for Dialogue publishes policy briefs addressing issues of social exclusion among Europe’s refugee and migrant communities