03/09/2015

#UniVest Campaign

#UniVest Campaign

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Our Campaign

Student ! The most frequently mentioned occupation of those refugees questioned in a survey carried out by UNHCR in various locations in Greece along the Greek-Turkish border.

Most refugees that are fleeing the conflict in Syria are, educationally, the flowers of their country.

We, the PES Activists, cannot stand to see flowers withering. We are ready to take action and work together with progressive parties and citizens !

We ask from the European Union in collaboration with EU universities to undertake gender balanced mobility programs for young refugees or/and citizens coming from countries with high possibility of their citizens to be granted asylum and to offer them scholarships in order to be able to come safely and legally to study in our Union.

Scholarships should cover tuition fees, travel expenses and the cost of decent living in the reception countries. One position in each one of the higher education Institutions of the EU means 3300 young refugees per year should be offered a chance for a new life but also the educational background to rebuild their home countries the day after the conflicts.

But it means also something more. It means that they will also become our culture ambassadors that they will play a key role in the near future for the establishment of core values of the Union, like peace and democracy, in their home countries and they will be a permanent link of the Union and third countries.

Your Support, Their life, Our future

In order to empower our demand we need the support of 500 pes activists from 15 different countries to table the initiative at PES Presidency (PES Activists Initiative as Adopted by the PES Presidency 4th February 201)

We need the support of progressive citizens of the Union, of NGOs, of Progressive parties, organizations, Institutions and also of Universities.

When we will fulfill our first goal we will go one step further and we will turn our initiative into a European Citizens Initiative to put more to pressure to the European Commission to legislate on our demand.

...we create paths, legal paths, just paths

Our Team

Theodore Douloumpekis
Univest Initiative Coordinator
Theodore is Civil Engineer and the National Coordinator of PES Greece.
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Naxalli Lozano Hernández
Univest Spain Coordinator
Naxzalli is the coordinator of PES Salamanca and a really active member in the campaign of PSOE
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Aleksander Glogowski
Univest France Coordinator
Aleksander is the National Coordinator of PES France
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Rhonda Donaghey
Univest Ireland Coordinator
Rhonda is the National coordinator of PES Ireland
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Gabriel Richard-Molard
Univest Germany Coordinator
Gabriel is the National Coordinator of PES Germany
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Lara Sanchez
Univest Spain Coordinator
Lara is a PES Madrid Activist
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Dimas Pestana
Univest Portugal Coordinator
Dimas is the National Coordinator of PES Portugal
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Stefani Andreou
Univest Cyprus Coordinator
Stefani is the Secretary of EDEK Youth
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Jure Zubčić
Univest Croatia Coordinator
Jure is the National Coordinator of PES Croatia
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Mija Javornik
Univest Slovenia Coordinator
CEE Network for Gender Issues
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Tommaso Giuntella
Univest Italy Coordinator
Tommaso is the National Coordinator of PES Italy
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Lauren Heeffer
Univest Belgium Coordinator
PES Activists Brussels Coordinator
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Phil Kamper
Univest Austria Coordinator
Phil is the National Coordinator of Austria;s PES Activists
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Teta Theodoropoulou
Univest Greece Coordinator
Teta is the Coordinator of PES Activists Sparti
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Balázs Bárány
Univest Hungary Coordinator
Balazs is the National Coordinator of Hungary PES Activists
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The whole story !

The Mediterranean crossing is treacherous, the risk of drowning is constant. But still they come, day after day, in a fleet of dinghies spilling them onto the shores of Greek Islands near Turkey, almost 800,000 so far in 2015 alone.

Most are fleeing the conflict in Syria. Educationally, they are the flower of their country: 86 per cent say they have secondary school or university education. Half of that group had studied at university.

But they carry the wounds of war with them. One in five is still searching for a family member missing in Syria.

These are some of the results of a survey, released by UNHCR in Geneva today (December 8) and available here. It draws on interviews carried out by UNHCR border protection teams in various locations in Greece along the Greek-Turkish border. In all 1,245 Syrians were interviewed between April and September 2015.

The vast majority of those surveyed (78 per cent) were under 35.

The most frequently mentioned occupation of those questioned was student: 16 per cent of those questioned said they were studying before they fled. That was followed by: merchants – nine per cent; carpenters, electricians, plumbers – seven per cent; engineers, architects – five per cent; doctors or pharmacists – four per cent.

Overall, the profile is of a highly-skilled population on the move.

PES Activists around Europe, following PES Crete initiative, strongly believe that we, the Europeans, have to set up legal and safe paths for young girls and boys, for citizens that are fleeing wars, conflicts, or societies with social deficits. Nothing more progressive, nothing more humanist, than protecting people and serving people’s rights and migration is a right for those that are suffering in their own home.

We cannot stand to see flowers withering. We are ready to take action.

Taking into consideration the educational background of refugees, we believe that education must become the VISA, the lifevest for young girls and boys to come legally and safely to our Union to study or continue their studies.

We ask from the European Union in collaboration with EU universities to undertake gender balanced mobility programs for young refugees or/and citizens coming from countries with high possibility of their citizens to be granted asylum and to offer to them scholarships in order to be able to come and study in our Union.

Scholarships should cover tuition fees, travel expenses and the cost of decent living in the reception countries. One position in each one of the higher education Institutions of the EU means 3300 young refugees per year should be offered a chance for a new life but also the educational background to rebuild their home countries the day after the conflicts.

But it means also something more. It means that they will also become our culture ambassadors that they will play a key role in the near future for the establishment of core values of the Union, like peace and democracy, in their home countries and they will be a permanent link of the Union and third countries.

Your Support, Their life, Our future

In order to empower our demand we need the support of 500 pes activists from 15 different countries to table the initiative at PES Presidency (PES Activists Initiative as Adopted by the PES Presidency 4th February 201)

We need the support of progressive citizens of the Union, of NGOs, of Progressive parties, organizations, Institutions and also of Universities.

When we will fulfill our first goal we will go one step further and we will turn our initiative into a European Citizens Initiative to put more to pressure to the European Commission to legislate on our demand.

Your support, your signature, protect young people’s life and a shape our common solidar future.

Από την Κρήτη αλλάζουμε την Ευρώπη

Οι PES Activists Crete στα πλαίσια της αντιμετώπισης της προσφυγικής κρίσης πιστεύουμε στην ανάγκη δημιουργίας νόμιμων οδών μετανάστευσης και στα πλαίσια αυτά διεκδικούμε από τα Πανεπιστήμια της Ένωσης να ανοίξουν θέσεις αναλογικά με τους εισακτέους κάθε χρονιάς για νέους από χώρες που βρίσκονται σε εμπόλεμη κατάσταση ή από χώρες που τα αιτήματα ασύλου γίνονται σε μεγάλο ποσοστό δεκτά.

Ξεκινάμε από εδώ από την Κρήτη μια πανευρωπαϊκή καμπάνια.

Διεκδικούμε να προσφέρονται υποτροφίες για τους νέους από τις χώρες αυτές, που θα καλύπτουν τα δίδακτρα, τη σίτιση, τη διαμονή και ένα ποσό για την αξιοπρεπή διαβίωση, για κάθε νέο πρόσφυγα που θέλει να εκπαιδευτεί στα ευρωπαϊκά Πανεπιστήμια.

Εξάλλου η μόρφωση και η εξειδίκευση των νέων που προέρχονται από εμπόλεμες χώρες ή από χώρες που παρουσιάζουν σημαντικά κοινωνικά ελλείμματα, μπορούν να αποτελέσουν την ισχυρή δύναμη για την ανοικοδόμηση τους.

Υπογράψτε το αίτημα μας για Νέες θέσεις στα Πανεπιστήμια της Ένωσης και τη χορήγηση υποτροφιών σε μετανάστες για τη φοίτηση τους.

 

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