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World Refugees Day

World Refugees Day
Hour 20:00
Location Da Roma (Antwerpen) - Turnhoutsebaan 286, 2140 Borgerhout
Registration fee 5€
Language Dutch

Each year, thousands of people, driven by violence and despair, risk their lives embarking on perilous journeys to safe havens. Migration is a key issue on the political agenda, often seen as a threat. But what about the rights of those fleeing? Refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, undocumented individuals: behind these terms are human beings, rarely acknowledged in public debate. Why does the reception crisis in Belgium constitute a human rights violation? Is the EU orchestrating pushbacks with its new migration pact? Are there no more humane alternatives?

Are you interested in these issues? Then register for this event organised by Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen and De Roma, in partnership with other organisations. 

MSF will be there! 

Our colleague Caroline Willemen, along with various experts including Flor Didden (11.11.11), Stefaan Peirsman (ACV), and Pascal Debruyne (Odisee University College), will engage in a roundtable discussion to address the blind spots in the current migration debate. This event is an opportunity to discover inspiring initiatives, both large and small, that promote solidarity with people on the move and the undocumented.

The evening will conclude with a debate, enriched by these discussions, featuring Saar Depuydt, humanitarian worker and Human Rights Award laureate, Wali Sediqi, entrepreneurship coach, and Benoit Dhondt, lawyer specializing in migration and refugee law, moderated by Samira Bendadi, journalist at MO* Magazine.

Interested in this topic? Don’t hesitate to register via the following link and discover a renewed and compassionate perspective on migration.

Caroline Willemen has been working for Médecins Sans Frontières since 2016. She has worked in Afghanistan, the DRCongo and Turkey. In the refugee camps of Lesbos, on MSF's search and rescue ship and as head of MSF's activities in Belgium, she has seen the impact of the EU's migration policy and the Belgian government's policy of non-acceptance like no one else.



🗓️ Date and hour: Thursday, June 20, 2024

Start: 8 pm

Doors open: 7:15pm

Tickets: : €5, registration is required

📍 Da Roma (Antwerpen) - Turnhoutsebaan 286, 2140 Borgerhout

The conference will be in Dutch.