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UNITED marks Refugee Day by launching the #LifeSeekers campaign

UNITED Press Release 20-06-2016
“They take our jobs.” “They don’t pay their taxes.” “They don’t respect us.” “Europe is full.”   These are some of the myths about migrants and refugees that UNITED is countering with our new #LifeSeekers campaign.

UNITED is marking 20 June, International Refugee Day, by launching our new online campaign to challenge the narrative on migration and refugees in Europe.

#LifeSeekers is a campaign for a new approach to problems facing young people in Europe today. We want policy-makers to take positive action to solve these problems and to stop blaming migrants and refugees. Whether or not we are asylum-seekers, we are all Life Seekers, who want the freedom and power to shape our own futures.

Through memes and infographics shared via social media, young people will be directed to the campaign website at www.lifeseekers.org, where they can show their support for the campaign by signing a campaign statement about the situation facing young people in Europe today, and against the scapegoating of migrants and refugees.

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They can then take further action by getting involved with one of the organisations that have registered as supporters of the #LifeSeekers campaign. So far, over 100 organisations all over Europe have signed as supporters. Organisations can still register as supporters by filling in the form on the UNITED website. The campaign will be active until 1 September 2016.

The idea for the #LifeSeekers campaign came from working groups at the recent UNITED network conference “Moving Stories: Narratives of Migration Crossing Europe”, which took place near Torino, Italy from 22-27 April 2016.

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UNITED for Intercultural Action is the European network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants and refugees. Together with over 550 supporter organisations all around Europe, we work to protest against discrimination and promote our shared vision for a diverse and inclusive society.


Campaign information:

www.lifeseekers.org
www.unitedagainstracism.org/?p=6740
lifeseekers@unitedagainstracism.org

Press contact:

Jonathan Karstadt, Media & Communications Coordinator
E-mail: jonathan@unitedagainstracism.org
Phone: +31-20-6834778


This campaign has been funded with support of the Council of Europe (European Youth Foundation), the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.
The campaign was designed in partnership with Trepuntozero, and was realised with technical assistance of students at the Albert Steiner Institute in Torino.
This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the sponsors cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
UNITED’s publications can be freely re-used, translated and re-distributed, provided the source: www.unitedagainstracism.org – is mentioned and a copy is send to the UNITED secretariat.


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